With 3 Canals Crisscrossing, City Eyes Venice’s Grandeur

Published: 07th September 2014 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2014 06:19 AM   |  A+A-


VIJAYAWADA: The state government, which is planning to construct the capital city of the state near Vijayawada, is all set to take up canal front development project in the city. All the three canals that pass through the city - Bandar, Eluru and Ryves Canal - will be turned into recreation spots.

According to official sources, the state government has asked the officials of the Irrigation Department to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on the canal front development and beautification project at the earliest. The state government has reportedly taken a call on this project as irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao was impressed with the dissertation submitted by a student - K Srivalli - to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Mysore University for her Masters programme. Her dissertation on the Vijayawada canal front development won a national award from the Institute of Town Planning. Incidentally, Srivalli is the daughter of Vijayawada Irrigation Circle superintending engineer K Srinivasa Rao.

Srivalli had also given a power point presentation to the minister in July on the canal front development. Srinivasa Rao said that it is aimed at developing a canal front through grading, providing drainage access, utilities, recreational spaces, landscaping and linear pathway with links to other open space networks.

However, the irrigation department is looking forward to the support of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to take up the project as there is an urgency to stop letting sewage into the canals. Due to an incomplete underground drainage system in the city, the VMC is letting sewage flow out from various outfall drains, thus polluting its water and making the maintenance difficult. With the closure of canals, people are experiencing the hard reality that the VMC is turning a blind eye to the sewage flowing into the canals.

Rao said that the Irrigation Department would submit a DPR to the government in about 15 days. When asked about the estimated cost of the project, he said that it could be assessed only after preparation of the DPR. He, however, added that as per the preliminary estimates, it will cost `11 crore.

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