VIJAYAWADA: Irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao laid the foundation-stone for drinking water pumping scheme to be constructed with an outlay of `4.5 crore at Mulapadu village in Ibrahimpatnam mandal Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Rao said the government was now focussing on providing water for irrigation purposes as drinking water requirements had been met. Once the drinking water pumping scheme at Mulapadu was completed, about 18,000 people living in the villages of Trilochanapuram, Ketanakonda, Kotikalapudi, Kachavaram, Donabanda, Chilukuru and others would benefit. At present, the residents of these villages were buying drinking water.
ZP chairman Gadde Anuradha said that a decision was taken by the government to set up a water board to supply drinking water to all villages. She further said that a borewell would be dug in the Krishna and water would be supplied to all villages through a single pipeline.
RWS SE K Amareswara Rao, Mulapadu sarpanch B Srinivasa Rao and Ibrahimpatnam ZPTC Chennuboina Radha were present.