Linking of rivers to help for drought-free AP: CM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has appealed to people to promote and protect nature.

Responding to the overwhelming response to Krishna Pushkaram on the third day today, the Chief Minister said that he made a sankalpam on linking all the rivers in the state to make AP as a drought-free state.

Making a virtual inspection of arrangements from Police command control room in Vijayawada on Sunday, he said that people should conserve water and there should be water security. He said that police officials developed online finger print network (FINS) to identify the history sheeters and dacoits during Krishna Pushkaram. He said that they are using best practices in technology for better management of Pushkaram.

The Chief Minister said that priority would be given for the convenience of pilgrims and invited suggestions from people. He said several complaints were redressed immediately. Appealing people to take part in service programmes, the CM said that it is the duty of everyone to thank the rivers that helped for development of the state. He said that the Krishna Pushkaram is a festival of all religions and people should offer prayers as per their religions. He said awards will be distributed to those who offer best suggestions for promotion of Krishna Pushkaram. Stating that more than 21 lakh pilgrims attended Krishna Pushkarams in all the three districts of the state by 1p.m he said that the response was overwhelming and people are expressing satisfaction over the arrangements. However, the government wants to further improve arrangements and distribute water and butter milk keeping in view of the prevailing hot weather.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to give priority for senior citizens and children in providing darsan at Sri Kanaka Durga temple. (INN)