Kadapa: As per the orders of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, State government speeds up works on the pending irrigation works in Pulivendula Assembly constituency. As part of this initiative, former MLC and deputy chairman of Legislative Council VS Satish Reddy, on Saturday, released water from Kamasamudram Tank to Vempalli village for agriculture operations. According to official sources, presently 6 tmcft of water is available in Gandikota reservoir, and 1.5 tmcft in Paidipalem reservoir which is connected to Pulivendula main canal.
Water released to Vempalli in Pulivendula constituency
Gandikota project which is internal part of Galeru-Nagari Sujala Sravanthi (GNSS) designed with the storage capacity of about 30 tmcft for the purpose of providing water for agriculture activities and for drinking water needs all over the district was started in 2009. The ayacut under the scheme includes about 2lakh acres in Pulivendula constituency. Of this quantum of storage, 8.3 tmcft of water should be supplied to Chitravati Balancing Reservoir (CBR), 6tmcft to Basi Reddy reservoir, 3.3tmcft for Sarvarayasagar and 13 tmcft for Vamikonda. However, there was no progress in project works after the death of the then chief minister Rajasekhar Reddy due to various reasons. As a result water storage was limited only to 3 tmc ft.
An official said that the government is keen on completing the pending canal works in Pulivendula constituency to provide water for 2 lakh acres ayacut in Pulivendula constituency in a phased manner. Government is prepared to spend another Rs 230crores for land acquisition which will be taken up very soon.