Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah inspects Hundri-Neeva Sujala Sravathi works
Project designed to supply water to 6.5 lakh acres
Project estimated to cost Rs. 6,840 crore
KURNOOL: Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah asked the irrigation officials and the representatives of executing agency to prepare the Hundri-Neeva Sujala Sravathi (HNSS) canal by August 15 ready for a trial run.
Mr. Lakshmaiah, accompanied by ministers, MPs, MLAs and top officials of irrigation and revenue departments, inspected the progress of works at various places in Kurnool district. Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy and Housing Minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy, MPs SP.Y. Reddy, A. Venkatrami Reddy and others accompanied the Irrigation Minister.
The Minister asked the representatives of Mega Constructions, which is executing the project, estimated to cost Rs. 6,840 crore, to show professionalism in completing the project like any other private sector giants.
The project was designed to supply water to 6.5 lakh acres including 80,000 acres in Kurnool district and 3.45 lakh acres in Anantapur district. In the first phase, it was planned to give water to 80,000 acre in Kurnool and 1.18 lakh acres in Anantapur district.
The project required five pumping stations in Kurnool and two each in Anantapur and Chittoor districts. The Minister offered a solution to the land acquisition problem by promising to give Rs. 3 lakh per acre. Twenty eight farmers who were to give 25 acre to the project demanded a price of Rs. 5 lakh per acre.
The leaders came forward to offer the remaining two lakh per acre to farmers from the personal funds as a gesture to the land owners and also to speed up the project.
Five monitoring officers were named to supervise different stages of work. The Minister promised to release the amounts on time so that the project would be completed at the earliest benefiting the most backward areas of the State.