Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will lay the foundation for the first phase works of Godavari-Penna rivers linking programme at Nakarikallu in Guntur district on Monday to fulfil the decades’ old dream of people and make Rayalaseema region drought-proof.
The Chief Minister who was instrumental in making AP No. 1 in the country in river linking by linking the Krishna and Godavari rivers during 2015 through Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme and successful in stabilising the Krishna ayacut and supplying water to Rayalaseema region, is now initiating steps to link Godavari and Penna rivers to supply water to parched lands of Rayalaseema region.
Penna river flows through Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Nellore districts. But the meagre water resources in the river are not able to cater to the needs of these districts. Meanwhile, a major share of Godavari water is flowing to the sea without any usage. If the Penna and Godavari rivers are linked, it will help provide water resources for all the areas of the five districts in Rayalaseema region.
Linking of the Godavari and Penna will be done in in five phases at an estimated cost of Rs 83,796 crore and the foundation for first phase works costing Rs 6020.15 crore will be laid at Nakerekal in Guntur district on Monday.
In the first phase works of Godavari-Penna linking 8500 cusecs of water from Pattiseema and 6870 cusecs of water from Chintalapudi lift will be taken to Prakasam barrage. From Prakasam barrage 7000 cusecs of water will be taken to Nagarjuna Sagar right main canal in five phases by laying 10.25 km pipeline from Krishna river and gravity canal at a stretch of 56.35 km and using five lifts. The fist lift will be set up at Harischandrapuram, second at Lingapuram, third lift at Vyyandana, fourth lift at Gangireddypalem and the fifth one at Nakirekal. By bringing Godavari water up to Nakirekal and linking to Nagarjuna Sagar right main canal over 9,61,000 acres of both Guntur and Prakasam district will get a stabilised ayacut.
By linking Godavari river, farmers in 39 mandals of Guntur districts including Prattipadu, Tadikonda, Pedakurapadu, Sattenapalli, Vinukonda, Chilakaluripet, Narasaraopet, Gurazala constituencies will get benefit. Likewise, farmers in 40 mandals in Prakasam district including Yerragondapalem, Kondepi, Ongole, Darsi, Santanutalapadu, Prchuru, Addanki constituencies will also be benefited.