RAJAHMUNDRY: Following a request made by West Godavari district administration, the Rajahmundry Asset of ONGC lifted water from the Godavari River and released it into the canal to save the standing paddy crop suffering due to acute water shortage, a senior official said.
"District Collector K Bhaskar called upon the ONGC for saving the standing paddy crops in the mandals under the ayacut of bank canal of Godavari west delta through by lifting water from river Godavari. We responded swiftly to the request," Debasis Sanyal, Executive Director, ONGC Rajahmundry Assets said in a release here today.
ONGC deployed high discharge pumps to lift water directly from the river Godavari and pump into the bank canal, at Dongaravipalem, hamlet of Siddantam mandal in West Godavari District, the release said.
"The company started pumping water at the rate of 2500 gallons per minute with two of its pumps. The pumps are operating 24x7," it added.
The mandals that whould benefit from the move include Penugonda, Achanta, Poduru, Palakollu, Yelamanchali, Narsapuram.