VIJAYAWADA: Water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu would lay the foundation for the first phase of ‘Maha Sangamam’ project, which aims the interlinking of Godavari and Pennar rivers, in July. He said that the tenders for the project would be floated shortly.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, the minister said that the water resources department has already given administrative sanction to the project. “We have issued a government order on Wednesday giving administrative sanction of Rs. 6,020 crore for the first phase of the Maha Sangamam project. We will start the execution of the project after Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu lays the foundation next month,” he said.
In the first phase of the project, it is proposed to lift water from Godavari river, using Chintalapudi Lift irrigation and Pattiseema Lift Irrigation schemes, to Krishna river, and lift 7,000 cusecs of Krishna water near Harishchandrapuram, to deliver into the Nagarjuna Sagar Jawahar Canal near Nekarikallu mandal of Guntur district.
A total of 73 tmc of water is proposed to be lifted during 120 flood days. Pumps would be installed at five locations along the length to lift water to stabilise 9.61 lakh acres of the existing ayacut and also to meet the drinking and industrial water needs of Guntur and Prakasam districts. Of the Rs. 6,020 crore sanctioned, Rs. 676 crore would be required for land procurement. Rao further said that the process related to the establishment of two barrages, in the upstream and downstream of Prakasam Barrage, for the stabilisation of Krishna delta is swiftly going on.
“We will soon call tenders for the barrage at Vykuntapuram for storage of 10 tmc of water. Also, a barrage to store 2.3 tmc at Chodavaram in the downstream of Prakasam Barrage, will help in stablisation of Krishna Delta. A barrage in the downstream would also help in maintaining ecological balance as it would restrict the backward currents from the sea,” he explained. He further lashed out at Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy for calling Polavaram and Amaravati ‘movies being shown by TDP.’
“We have finished the diaphragm wall work in a record time and are working towards completing the entire project. However, Jagan seems to have developed a mental disease. The doctors I spoke to said that Jagan needs medication and counselling as he is unable to see the development,” he said, adding that YSRC, BJP and Jana Sena were acting as per Centre’s script to attack TDP.