The incumbent Anantapur MP and YSRC candidate Anantha Venkatarami Reddy said that he would initiate the supply of water from the Krishna through the HNSS project, if he is elected again.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Venkatarami Reddy said that the second phase of the Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) project would be completed within two to three years to ensure that all parts of the district are provided water.

“The endeavour shall be to fill as many tanks as possible with water from the project so as to solve drinking water and irrigation water problems to an extent. Special care will be taken to ensure sufficient drinking water to all municipalities and villages alike,” Mr. Venkatarami Reddy said.

On the dismal state of employment statistics in the district, he said concentration would be on industries which can harness mineral deposits in the district and those industries which require less water.

“A mini-airport is already in the sanction list of the Union government and its construction will start within the next five years. This will go a long way in furthering industrialisation in the district,” Mr Venkatarami Reddy said.

He said that one of his top priorities would be to ensure that either a Central university is established in the district or the existing university upgraded in a way that it becomes a centre of excellence.

“Funds and grants will be given to the university while stressing on the need for effective faculty to promote excellence in education and research,” Mr. Reddy promised even as he said that the quality and commitment of doctors was to be improved in the government general hospital while developing medical infrastructure.

He sought to remind people that he had sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for the purchase of medical equipment for the general hospital at one time, a first ever move of this sort in the State.

On the other hand, he said that there was a need for an agricultural university, specific to the district, which could look into the problems of the district and provide solutions and direction to development packages like ‘Project Anantha’. This would enable the uplift of the poor from the vicious circle of droughts and debts.