28 projects to be ready in 3 months, vows AP CM

28 projects to be ready in 3 months, vows AP CM

THE HANS INDIA |   Aug 16,2017 , 03:28 AM IST

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu offering turmeric and vermillion to Godavari Matha after swithcing on Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme motors at Purushottapatnam in East Godavari district on Tuesday. Minister D Uma Maheswara Rao is also seen.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu offering turmeric and vermillion to Godavari Matha after swithcing on Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme motors at Purushottapatnam in East Godavari district on Tuesday. Minister D Uma Maheswara Rao is also seen.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu offering turmeric and vermillion to Godavari Matha after swithcing on Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme motors at Purushottapatnam in East Godavari district on Tuesday. Minister D Uma Maheswara Rao is also seen.

Purushottapatnam (East Godavari): Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu said that as many as 28 projects would be completed in three months, while dedicating Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme (PPLIS) to the nation here on Tuesday. He switched on the motors and later unveiled a plaque at the project site, to mark its inauguration.

PPLIS was aimed to supply water for cultivation under Yeleru reservoir in East Godavari district and to cater the needs of domestic and industrial needs of Visakhapatnam district. The government is spending an amount of Rs 1,632 crore on the scheme.

Addressing media conference, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that completion of PPLIS in six months stands a testimony for dedication and commitment of the state government towards irrigation projects.

“The government decided to dedicate one irrigation project to nation on August 15 every year. “As many as 28 irrigation projects will be completed within three months in the state,” he informed.

Naidu announced that the government was ready to take up lift irrigation schemes as per need. “Our aim is to supply water to every acre in the state to combat drought. Irrigation Development Corporation (IDC) taken many repairs to some irrigation projects for which the government sanctioned an amount of Rs 550 crore. Water is very important for development and it is the lifeline. In line with it, we introduced Jalasiri programme and initiating steps to save water through check dams, farms ponds etc,” he said.

The Chief Minister claimed that through Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (PLIS) and PPLIS 11 districts in the state, except Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, would be benefitted. “Opposition parties created hurdles to PPLIS. They tried to instigate farmers and encouraged them to approach courts. But, the farmers, who are interested in the development of the state, were with the government,” he said.

He informed that as many as 48 gates of Polavaram Project were completed and water would be supplied through gravity by 2018. “As much as Rs 32,000 crore is needed for relief and rehabilitation package. The Centre so far released Rs 3,200 crore,” he noted. Water resources minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, MP Maganti Murali Mohan, MLA Pendurthi Venkatesh, MLC Adireddy Appa Rao and others were also present.

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