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Naidu releases water to Kandaleru project

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu releases water from the Somasila project reservoir in Nellore district on Sunday.— PHOTO: K. RAVIKUMAR

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu releases water from the Somasila project reservoir in Nellore district on Sunday.— PHOTO: K. RAVIKUMAR  

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Thanks to the heavy inflows from local catchment areas on account of heavy rain in the past few days, the Somasila dam storage now has reached 54.5 tmcft.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday inspected the Somasila reservoir project and released water from there to the Kandaleru project to help in irrigation nearly eight lakh acres under both the ayacuts this year. The Chief Minister also held review meetings with officials and enquired about irrigation projects, canals and inflows into various reservoirs.

Accompanied by Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and MLC Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Mr. Naidu arrived at Somasila dam and formally released waters. Thanks to the heavy inflows from local catchment areas on account of heavy rain in the past few days, the Somasila dam storage now has reached 54.5 tmcft.

The storage in Kandaleru dam also increased to 14.5 tmcft, but it is set to receive Somasila waters soon.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu said with plenty of waters available now, farmers would not face problems with regard to irrigation of agricultural fields this season. He said the Krishna river waters would be brought to Penna river by undertaking the necessary projects en route.

Mr. Naidu also inspected flood damage in Kaluvai, Podalakuru and Nayudupeta areas.





‘Water for 8 lakh acres in Nellore district this season’



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