ANDHRA PRADESH

`Padayatra' for Godavari water

Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: Farmers from the water-starved second and third zones of the Nagarjunasagar left canal are organising themselves to stake claim for a fair share of the Godavari waters, particularly from the Rajiv Sagar project proposed to be constructed on the river near Dummugudem.

The Sathupally MLA and Congress leader, Jalagam Venkata Rao, who has sought to lead those lobbying for it, will launch `padayatra' from May 14.

He has sought to cover a distance of 380 km in 20 days touching nine Assembly constituencies in Khammam, Krishna and West Godavari as part of what he called the `Godavari jalayagnam'.

He will meet the MLAs of these constituencies to discuss the issue on May 1.

The Sathupalli MLA has been demanding to take up the alignment of the phase I of Rajiv sagar from Rudramkota, the confluence point of Godavari and Sabari.

The project will have more hydrological viability at this point, which contributes an additional supply of 10,000 cusecs from the untapped Sabari and Sileru basin.

Yatra route

The padayatra, which will take off from Rudram Kota, will cover Velerpadu, Sathupalli and Madhira constituencies in Khammam.

He will also cover Chintalapudi, Denduluru and Eluru areas in West Godavari and Nuziwid, Mylavaram and Tiruvur in Krishna district.

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