Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Sunday directed the Minor Irrigation Department to undertake immediate repairs wherever required and strengthen Minor Irrigation tanks in the State.

The chief minister discussed the measures to protect all minor irrigation tanks with Minor Irrigation Minister Sunita Lakshma Reddy, Principal Secretary, Minor Irrigation,S. P. Tucker, Special Secretary, Irrigation, A. K. Jain today.

The rain water should be put to optimum use by strengthening all water tanks, Mr. Rosaiah said, stressing the need for round-the-clock vigilance and monitoring.

He said that during the rains and floods of 2009, over 1000 irrigation tanks had breached and restoration works had to be taken up to store water and save standing crops.

The Chief Minister also wanted constant patrolling of tanks wherever breaches are identified and all the field staff have been instructed to inspect the approaches of surplus water and keep them obstruction-free, an official release said.