Pulivendula (Kadapa district): Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the TDP government was keen to link rivers in the state in order to protecting the interest of farmers. Addressing the Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru progrmme here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said his government was prepared to spend maximum amount of funds for interlinking all rivers in future. He said that if the linking of rivers Godavari and Pennar is completed, it would be possible to provide adequate water to Kadapa district through Somasila Reservoir.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu offering harati after inaugurating the lift irrigation scheme at Chitravati Balancing Reservoir at Lingala in Kadapa district on Wednesday
Stating that the government had spent Rs 50,000 crores on agriculture sector in the last three-and-a-half years, Naidu said efforts were on to supply 120 tmc ft of water for Rayalaseema districts by completing all irrigation projects in coming years.
“As part of the efforts Chitravati Balancing Reservoir was completed at a cost of Rs 1,360 crores,” he said. On the occasion, he praised the farmers who had given their lands for the construction Gandikota reservoir in the district.
While stressing the need of farmers to concentrate on agriculture-related professions like dairy, poultry, pisciculture as they were more beneficial than traditional cultivation. He said Kadapa district was more suitable for cultivating horticulture crops and the government was ready to extend all possible help for turning the district into a horticulture hub by setting up processing units, cold storages and other facilities.
The Chief Minister distributed various assets worth Rs 448 crore to beneficiaries, and sanctioned Rs 778 crores worth welfare schemes for Pulivendula constituency. He also sanctioned 3,600 new pensions in Pulivendula town. The Chief Minister also assured to completed the indoor stadium in Pulivendula town. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated lift irrigation scheme at Chitravati Balancing Reservoir constructed at a cost at Rs 1360 in Lingala mandal and dedicated it to the nation.