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AP plans multiple grids to channelise river waters

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AP Government Plans Multiple Grids to Channelise River Waters. The AP government has put the water grid project for drinking and industrial use on fast track. However, the government which had once thought of following the Gujarat model of unified water grid is learnt to have dropped the idea.

Hyderabad: The AP government has put the water grid project for drinking and industrial use on fast track. However, the government which had once thought of following the Gujarat model of unified water grid is learnt to have dropped the idea. The Panchayat Raj department feels that it would be better to channelize the river waters in all the three regions of the state instead of laying hundreds of kilometers of pipelines.

Sources in the department said the water grid could be established from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts, keeping in view the water availability in Nagavali and Vamsadhra rivers. Particularly, storing flood waters in these two rivers would help in meeting the industrial and drinking waters of these areas. Similarly, there are other rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Penna and Tungabhadra, apart from several rivulets which bring in huge quantities of flood waters every year.

Precisely, the proposed water grids could be on the lines of discoms in the power sector. Like the discoms, there would be a corporation to look after the functioning and maintenance of these grids. While drinking water could be given free of cost to the people, water supplied to the industries would be charged. The charges thus collected would help in the corporation to maintain the grid operations, Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Pathrudu told The Hans India about the government plans on the subject.

He said, “Unlike a united model of Gujarat, it is the multi-grid model which has been found more feasible for AP, and efforts were on to prepare plans accordingly”. The minister said that since it’s is meant for providing drinking water, the government has been expecting considerable support from the Centre in rolling out the project. Besides, AP is also considering various ways to ensure the self reliance of these water grid corporations to sustain like collecting charges from the industrial water supplies, he said.

By V R C Phaniharan

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