The Krishna district authorities have sought above Rs.1,000 crore for construction of Pushkaram Ghats and promising better road connectivity for the devotees during the Krishna Pushkarams-2016. The officials of the Roads and Buildings, Panchayat Raj, and Endowment Departments on Saturday told the Zilla Parishad members that the proposals pertaining to the pushkaralu arrangements have been submitted to the State government and are waiting approval.
Zilla Parishad chairperson Gadde Anuradha conducted the general body meeting which was chaired by Excise and B.C. Welfare Minister K. Ravindra, Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad and Machilipatnam Area Development Authority Vice-Chairman Gandham Chandrudu. According to officials, at least Rs. 145 crore package is required to develop Pushkar Ghats and repairing the 307 kilometers of road way that is under the control of Panchayat Raj Department.
According to another separate proposal prepared by the Roads and Buildings Department officials, at least 71 road projects were to be taken up by spending Rs.720 crore for the pushkarams. Of late, the Endowment Department authorities have sought Rs. 13.47 crore for renovation of 150 temples which would be thronged by the devotees during the pushkarams.
K. Ravindra's query on supply of potable water in the district, irrigation officials said that it was available at the Prakasam Barrage, which would be released into the canals of Bandar, Rivas and Eluru in a phased manner. However, barely 2.15 tmcft of water is available in Prakasam Barrage after the Telangana government had released 4 tmcft of water from the Nagarjunasagar. The officials have been directed to spend Rs. 7 crore to mitigate the water scarcity in the district through various initiations, including transportation of water to the habitations. Many ZPTCs have appealed to the district authorities to address water problem on a war footing basis.