Minister for Revenue N. Raghuveera Reddy, who is on a walkathon along the course of Hundri-Neeva canal reached Brahmanakotkur on Monday.
IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Social Welfare Minister Pithani Satyanarayana joined Mr. Raghuveera Reddy and formally launched the second pumping station. The three Ministers conducted rituals before resuming the journey towards Jeedipalli in Anantapur district.
Mr. Lakshmaiah said the government accorded priority for supplying water, power, Rs.1-a-kg rice and scholarships for students.
He said the Hundri-Neeva would be the lifeline of farmers in six lakh acres of land and 33 lakh people. He described the project as an engineering marvel saying such a huge amount of water was being pumped to a level of 1,200 ft. from the reservoir level.
Mr. Pithani Satyanarayana had a word of praise for Rayalaseema leadership saying they harnessed the Krishna river for the prosperity of farmers in the region. He said even though a huge amount of water was wasted into the sea nothing could be done in Coastal Andhra.
Panyam MLA Katasani Rambhupal Reddy received Mr. Raghuveera with garlands at Ketavaram and Banaganapalli MLA Katasani Ramireddy at Sivapuram. The IKP employees welcomed the Minister and others with “harathi” at Gargeyapuram.
MLC Tippe Swamy, MLAs Venkatrami Reddy (Dharmavaram), Madhusudan Gupta (Guntakal) and others were present.
On Tuesday, the walkathon will start from the Safa Engineering College near Kurnool.