The State Government is trying to complete all irrigation projects on a war-footing to provide irrigation facilities to farmers in all the 13 district by this year end, Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has said. The Minister, accompanied by World Bank consultants S.K. Jain (environment) and B.K.D. Raja (safeguards), inspected the modernisation of the NSP third zone canals in Ottigudipadu in Agiripalli mandal of Krishna district on Thursday.
The Minister said that after bifurcation, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was taking all steps to tide over the severe irrigation and drinking water crisis facing the State. He said that standing crop in the Krishna delta could be saved after linking the Godavari with the Krishna. He said that efforts were being made to complete the modernisation of canals in the NSP third zone.
He told the consultants that work on the 25-km Vempadu Link Canal was in progress. The work involved digging of new canals up to a stretch of 14 km and widening of the existing canals for a stretch of 15 km. The consultants thanked farmers for providing land required for new canals.