AP govt seeks more funds from Centre for irrigation projects

Hyderabad, May 29: The Andhra Pradesh Government has sought more funds from the Centre for the implementation of its massive ‘Jalayagnam’ (irrigation mission) project taken up with an outlay of over Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

“We are trying to get more funds from the Centre. We had some problem earlier because we did not have permissions for the irrigation projects”.

“But we have sanctions for many projects now. So we are trying to get funds under various heads like AIBP and Prime Minister’s package,” Ponnala Laxmaiah, who again took charge as the Major Irrigation Minister in the second term of the Y S Rajasesekhara Reddy government today, told reporters.

The state government would also make efforts to secure the status of national projects for its irrigation projects like Pranahita-Chevella, Polavaram, Dummugudem, Sripada Sagar, Sujala Sravanti, he said.

A special division to be headed by a Chief Engineer would be formed to obtain sanctions from the Centre.

The government would also try to make the Centre agree to bear the expenditure for the modernisation and maintenance of various projects, he said.