Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said the Telugu Desam government would work towards making Andhra Pradesh drought-proof by linking the rivers in the state and providing drinking water and irrigation water to all the regions. He was speaking at a public meeting at Nakirekallu village in Guntur district on Monday, after laying the foundation stone for the first phase of works to link the Godavari with the Penna in the state.
He said the Godavari and the Krishna had already been linked by taking up the Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme, and now works had been launched to link the Godavari and the Penna at an estimated cost of Rs 83,796 crore in five phases. The first phase would cost Rs 6,020.15 crore. The Penna river flows through Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Nellore districts, but the water flow in the river is not sufficient to cater to the needs of the districts.
The Chief Minister said 65 per cent of the works on the mega Polavaram project on the Godavari had been completed and all efforts would be made to give water by gravitational flow by May 2019, and to complete the project by the end of the year. However, he regretted that the NDA government at the Centre was not lending a helping hand.