Staff Reporter

Project being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,880 crores

Work on the main canal to be taken up under the phase-II of projectTo irrigate 4,04,500 acres in Anantapur, Kadapa, Chittoor districtsProject to provide drinking water facility to a population of 23 lakhs

ANANTAPUR: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stone for works pertaining to the second phase of Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi project at Brahmanapalli village in Kadiri rural mandal of the district on Sunday.

The second phase is being taken up with an estimated cost of Rs. 1,880 crores. Administrative approval for the project was given by the Government in October last year. Work on the main canal of the project from 216.300 km to 565 km would be taken up under the phase-II.

Reservoirs, tunnels

Formation of five reservoirs at Gollapalli, Marala, Cherlopalli (in Anantapur district), Sreenivasapuram and Advaipalli (in Chittoor), construction of five tunnels and pump house, excavation of three branch canals -- Madakasira, Punganuru and Neeva and excavation of three distributaries -- Atmakuru, Thamballapalle and Vayalpadu would also be taken up under the project.

The project has been designed to create an irrigation potential of 4,04,500 acres with 2.27 lakh acres in Anantapur, 37,500 acres in Kadapa and 1.4 lakh acres in Chittoor districts. Besides, it would also provide drinking water facility to a population of about 23 lakhs en route.

First phase

The first phase of the project taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,305 crores in March 2005 to create an irrigation potential of 1,98,000 acres in Kurnool and Anantapur districts was under progress. An amount of Rs. 136.48 crores was spent on works during 2005-06.

Of the 10,302 acres land required for phase one, some 609 acres was acquired till April end this year. Works in all 14 packages of the phase one were in progress.