Evolving a foolproof system for optimal use of floodwaters and augmentation of irrigation facilities are imperative for making the backward Rayalaseema region prosperous, A.P. Endowment Employees and Archakas Welfare Trust Chairman and former Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao said on Monday. He unveiled a statue of the father of library movement Gadicherla Hari sarvothama Rao at the district central library here named after him and addressed a seminar on “Rayalaseema - past, present and future,” on his 56th death anniversary.
Recalling that as Chief Secretary, he had pushed forward five irrigation projects in the region, Mr. Krishna Rao said had the political leaders paid due attention to completion of Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi, Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi and Telugu Ganga projects, the region would have prospered.
Sinking borewells and lifting water to irrigate paddy crop by spending between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 per acre was criminal as the pumped water would not reach the tail-end areas, he said. There was a vast land bank available at Orvakal and lifting water from the foreshore of Srisailam reservoir to cater to industries was economical, Mr. Krishna Rao asserted.