ANDHRA PRADESH

`Flood problem will be a thing of the past'



Special Correspondent

Floodbanks for Nagavali, Vamsadhara at a cost of 310 cr

Minister visits areas like Balaga and Hayathinagar Tenders to be called next month

Srikakulam: Minister for Revenue Dharmana Prasada Rao on Sunday said that with a view to ensuring permanent protection to people from recurring floods in Nagavali and Vamsadhara rivers, flood banks would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.310 crores.

The Minister, who visited areas like Balaga, Hayathinagar and Buravilli, where flood banks were required, recalled the hardship faced by people because of absence of flood banks and asserted `that hardship will be a thing of past'.

Estimates had already been finalised and tenders would be finalised some time in January next. Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who had seen the damage during his visits, was keen on ensuring protection from recurring floods.

He said while the Vamsadhara project was taken up with an estimated cost of Rs.930 crores, other projects in the district like Thotapalli and Madduvalasa were being executed with estimated costs of Rs.450 crore and Rs.50 crores respectively. Never in the past had such huge amounts been spent on irrigation projects in the district.

Stone-laying

The Chief Minister would lay foundation stones for the flood banks next month. Work on flood banks would not be possible for about four months when rivers were in spate. Works on Vamsadhara and Nagavali flood banks, however, were proposed to be completed in two years, the Minister said.

Later participating in the consumers week celebrations at Bapuiji Kalamndir here, Mr. Prasada Rao wanted consumer forums to dispose of cases expeditiously.

This would create confidence in the forum among consumers, the Minister added.

He also stressed the need for creating awareness among consumers about various aspects, especially consumer rights. Bagadi Ramamohana Rao, president of the forum, presided over the meeting.

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