Why Polavaram could change the fate of AP’s progress?

With work at Polavaram multi-purpose Project progressing at break-neck speed, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is making efforts to ensure that it meets the 2019 deadline for completion of the Project. 

A Brief History since 2014 

To make Rayalseema drought-free, the Government of Andhra Pradesh government has decided to expedite the works of the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project. 

Even before his swearing-in ceremony, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had succeeded in pushing the Government of India and Hon’ble President to promulgate the Polavaram Ordinance for the transfer of 136 villages, 211 hamlets and seven mandals of Khammam district to the new State of Andhra Pradesh to execute the Polavaram National Project. 

A gazette notification said that the President is satisfied that the circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action and in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 123 of the Constitution, the President has promulgated an ordinance called the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014. 

Purpose of Polavaram 
This project will utilize 3,000 TMC of Godavari flood water, draining into the sea, to be diverted to the Rayalaseema region.  Given that the Polavaram’s completing would take time, the Government constructed Rs.1,300-crore Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project as an immediate solution to provide water to Krishna Delta farmers and solve water woes of the parched Rayalaseema region.

This lift irrigation project became operational within a year’s time. Once the Godavari water is diverted to Krishna Delta, Rayalaseema can be fed by 80 TMC of Krishna water from Srisailam. Not only does this project serve the drought-prone Rayalaseema region, it will also cater to the industrial activity around the new capital city. 

Th project will provide 7.32 TMC of water to Vizag and 16.12 TMC for industries in Vizag region. Further, 28.5 lakh people in 540 villages will get drinking water. Odisha will get 5 TMC of water while Chattisgarh will get 1.5 TMC. Currently, 63.27 per cent of the total project works have been completed with respect to the project. 

Given that Andhra Pradesh has witnessed worst drought periods in the last few years, this project will prove beneficial and eliminate drought conditions from our state. This project will also help our future generations realize that we need to utilize our resources efficiently and explore sustainable ways of living. Our aim is to make the state drought-free.


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