Conserve water more efficiently, Naidu tells officials

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today urged officials to plan conservation of water more efficiently and there must be a change not only administratively, but also ideologically. “Conservation techniques like harvesting, and management of resources like ground water must be the highest priority, so that we can be prepared for dry spells”, he said while reviewing construction work of Polavaram project.

During the inspection of the Polavaram project, the concrete work has reached 3.43 lakh cubic metres, and the earthwork excavation has reached 759 lakh cubic metres, out of 1,055 lakh cubic metres. “Service providers and contractors must continue their support to the government, and help us stick to the time limits”, he said regarding the inspection of the irrigation projects across the State. According to a water audit completed yesterday, the State has had a total inflow of 810 TMC since then, which accounts for 56% of the water stored in the last six months.

The audit said that until yesterday, the total inflow in the state was 4,390 TMC, which includes rainfall and inflow from neighbouring states. Now, one third of the irrigation tanks are full and the State has received 600 mm rainfall. Nine out of 13 districts are doing better than last year, with better irrigation and water storage. The Marala reservoir and Cherlopally reservoir are ready for inauguration. The Adavipalli reservoir and the Madakasira Branch Canal beyond the Gollapalli reservoir will be completed by the end of November. The Nellore and Sangam barrages will be completed by the end of October.


The Gandikota CBR Lift, the K. L. Rao Pulichintha project and the SH-31 road work will be ready to be inaugurated in November. (NSS)