Andhra Pradesh

Kondaveedu LI scheme makes Amaravati a safe city, says CM

Farmer-friendly: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu offering ‘jalasiri ki harathi’ at the Kondaveedu LI scheme after inaugurating it on Sunday.

Farmer-friendly: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu offering ‘jalasiri ki harathi’ at the Kondaveedu LI scheme after inaugurating it on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

It has pump house, delivery cistern, escape regulator and 33/11 KV sub-station

Amaravati was the safest city in the world, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Sunday.

A blue and green city as envisaged by the city planners, it was being built at global standards and was the only city not prone to floods, he said after unveiling the ₹237-crore Kondaveedu Pumping House scheme at Undavalli with a pump house, a delivery cistern, escape regulator and a 33/11 KV sub station.

With the grounding of the scheme, people in nearly 10 villages in the Capital region in Thullur, Tadikonda and Mangalagiri can breathe easy. When in spate, the Kondaveedu drain creates havoc inundating thousands of acres of cotton and chilli crops besides cutting off road links to Amaravati.

Mr. Naidu said in the first phase, the scheme would lift 5,250 cusecs (0.5 tmc) from the stream during floods and pump it into the Krishna western main channel with the help of 16 heavy duty motors and pumps.

During the second phase, 7,000 cusecs would be pumped into the Krishna through 21 gates.

Complimenting the Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited which had taken up the execution of this project, Mr. Naidu said the construction was not an easy task as the project site was surrounded by three water bodies — the Krishna, the Buckingham canal and the drain.

Mr. Naidu said he had taken up inter-linking of rivers as a passion and promised to complete the inter-linking of Godavari-Krishna, Godavari-Penna, Vamsadhara-Nagavali-Godavari rivers on a war footing. While the inter linking of the Godavari and the Krishna had been made possible at Pattiseema, that of the Godavari and the Penna rivers would be taken up soon.

Interlinking of rivers

Within the next five years, interlinking of 40 rivers and their tributaries would be taken up to ensure that not even a single drop of flood water would be discharged into the sea thus turning the State into a water rich one.

In the first phase of the Godavari-Penna project, a barrage would be built at Vaikunthapuram above the Prakasam barrage.

The CM turned a bit emotional saying the Centre had poured cold waters on the hopes of the people by not extending financial support to Polavaram. “Though 58% of work is completed with a budget of ₹18,000 crore, the Centre is not expediting the work. Recently, we paid ₹2,500 crore to contractors fearing delay in work,” Mr. Naidu said.

Minister for Municipal Administration P. Narayana said the construction of the LI scheme had put a stop to all criticism about the flood threat.

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