Construction of irrigation projects in Nellore district should be expedited, finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and major irrigation minister P Sudharshan Reddy have told the officials concerned.
Both the ministers reviewed the situation vis-a-vis progress of various irrigation projects in the tail-end coastal district, as several of the people’s representatives there had brought the delay in the completion of projects to the notice of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during his recent Indiramma Batta in Nellore district.
Land acquisition and forest department clearances for Telugu Ganga project works in the district were discussed at length.
The project still requires 1,239 acres of land in the district. In the case of Somasila project, administrative sanction has already been given for the required Rs 785 crore. It was decided to submit the Kavali canal repair cost estimate to the estimates committee.
According to officials, of the estimated cost of Rs 321 crore under package 1 of the Pennar delta, 113 crore has been spent so far.
The meeting also discussed irrigation water for farmers in Sullurpeta and drinking water for people of Naidupeta.