Guntur Channel lining works sanctioned

Works to cost over Rs. 28 crores

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The Government on Friday gave administrative sanction for launching works on the lining of the Guntur Channel - the 47-km irrigation channel that also serves as the raw water supply source for Guntur city.

The proposal, which was pending with the State Government for the past five months, had received positive response from the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, last week and a Government Order G.O.M.S. No.109 dated 19-08-2005 was issued on Friday.

The lining work would be taken up at a cost of Rs.28.29 crores in the coming summer months on a length of 25.6 km of the channel from the water lift point from Krishna river at Mangalagiri.

Water for second plant

This lining, likely to be completed in one year, would feed enough water for the second filtration plant constructed at Takkelapadu near Guntur, where the existing plant filters 10 MGD. Silting of the canal and man-made breaches for irrigation had reduced the flow to a great extent, the Municipal Commissioner, D. Rama Rao, said.

The Guntur-II MLA, T. Venkata Rao, had been pursuing the matter with the Government and prevailed upon the Major Irrigation Minister, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, to give the go-ahead for the project, which would meet the city's water needs for the next decade. The GMC would contribute Rs.2.7 crores as its share in the lining works. This would also improve the flow of irrigation water to the rail-end areas.

The Irrigation Minister in the presence of the Municipal Administration Minister, Koneru Ranga Rao, and the APCC president, K. Keshava Rao, would inaugurate two new high-level reservoirs on Saturday.

Centenary pylon

The Ministers would also distribute assets costing Rs.16 crores during the inaugural of DWCRA exhibition at the Wolf Hall Grounds. The Ministers would participate in six inauguration programmes or foundation stone-laying functions, including that for a pylon to commemorate 100 years of the creation of Guntur district, at Lakshmipuram Junction, Mr. Venkata Rao said.

Preparations are being held on a large scale for the functions in the city on Saturday.

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