Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu promised to bring under irrigation 9 lakh acres in the district by linking the Vamsadhara and the Nagavali. Linkage of the rivers on the lines of Pattiseema would help generate more income locally and check migration to greener pastures, he said.
Mr. Naidu participated in various developmental activities in and around Srikakulam. He inaugurated a Rs. 9-crore water project aimed at providing drinking water to 31 villages in and around Killipalem. He also inspected construction of water pits and enquired about 'panta sanjeevini' programme in Singupuram. Mr. Naidu formally laid foundation stone for the construction of a modern stadium with an estimated cost of Rs.20 crore by dismantling the existing K.R. Stadium.
Addressing people in Killipalem, the Chief Minister said that the Congress government had failed to resolve the compensation issue pertaining to Vamsadhara Phase II, and promised to resolve the problem and make the irrigation project a reality.
“During my previous tenure, we could complete Thotapalli and Madduvalasa projects. We will now link the Vamsadhara and the Nagavali to create irrigation facility for 9 lakh more acres. It will help people of Ichapuram also to get water in future. Migration problem would be resolved as farmers need not worry about their future once their lands get irrigation facility," Mr. Naidu said. He lauded the farmers for removing silt from the Allicheruvu tank saying that it would help them earn money through fishing.
Mr. Naidu said that cement roads would be laid and toilets construction in all the villages. Later, the Chief Minister participated in a meeting organised at K.R. Stadium. Earlier, party leaders, including Minister K. Atchannaidu and MLA Gunda Lakshmi Devi, received the Chief Minister at the R&B guest house. Collector P. Lakshmi Narasimham and Joint Collector Vivek Yadav were present. The Chief Minister would leave for Vizianagaram district early on Thursday.