Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government is sure to provide water security to all people in the country, once ongoing irrigation projects are completed. He stressed the need for developing smart water grid, cost effective water supply, water management and rainwater harvesting to provide water security to all.
Stating that smart water grid would be developed in the state, he said for this priority would be given to rain water harvesting, water management and cost effective water supply. Despite of deficit rainfall in Rayalaseema region, he recalled that the state government is able to fill all the tanks in the region to meet both irrigation and drinking water needs.
The Chief Minister expressing satisfaction over progress of various irrigation projects in the state on fast track, he said that the state government has spent Rs 56,000 cr towards completion of irrigation projects in the past four years. Already 9 projects were inaugurated, 6 are ready for inauguration and 29 projects nearing completion, he added.
Still the state government needed Rs 33,720 cr to complete these projects. Naidu said 55.57 per cent of Polavaram project works were completed so far. If the Centre extends cooperation, he is sure that the Polavaram project would be completed as per schedule by 2019. The Chief Minister said once all the ongoing 57 irrigation projects were completed as per schedule there would be no drought affected areas in the state and the state government could provide water security to all.
The Chief Minister said a target was set to provide water to 2 crore acres including 1 crore acres of horticulture. He said at present water is being supplied to 1.10 crore acres. He said all the 3500 cascades were filled and the ground water level increased by 2.3 metres.