Detailed Project Report expected to be ready within TWO months
A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Krishna–Penna link would be ready in next two months time. According to the sources in the State Water Resources Department, the work related to preparation of DPR has been given to Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited (WAPCO) and it is expected to submit its feasibility report in the next two months.
Hyderabad: A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Krishna–Penna link would be ready in next two months time. According to the sources in the State Water Resources Department, the work related to preparation of DPR has been given to Water and Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited (WAPCO) and it is expected to submit its feasibility report in the next two months.
- Government plans to invite tenders between Sept and Nov
On submission of the report, the State government is planning to go for tender process between September and November this year, the sources added. Though realisation of this project linking Krishna-Penna takes around three to four years, it provides the much-needed irrigation mechanism to meet the water demands of the State.
Tentatively, the irrigation and command area engineers put it that about two to three lifts have to be constructed as part of the Krishna-Penna link. That apart, there are two viable options for the State government: One is that taking Godavari water into Krishna and then, take the same by extending the Polavaram Irrigation Project’s (PIP) Right Main Canal (RMC).
“By this, the water could be taken to a maximum stretch by gravitation.” Another option is to restore the Buckingham canal route running for about 796 Kms from Kakinada to Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. The existing route of Buckingham canal facilitates water to flow on gravitation.
However, the Krishna-Penna link may take three to four years unless the State government puts it on the fast track like the PIP. “The project cost has been pegged at around Rs 26,000 crore. And, resources have to be identified to a pool and the fund the project,” said a senior official from the State Irrigation Engineering Department.
That apart, works of Galeru-Nagari Sujala Sravanthi (GNSS), Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) in Rayalaseema region, and Nagavali – Vamsadhra in North Costal Andhra have already been put on a fast track. On completion of the irrigation projects in Rayalaseema, North Coastal Andhra and the already completed Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project (PLIP), the Krishna-Penna link forms the Water Grid for the State, meeting primarily the drinking and irrigation needs of about 85 per cent area of the State.