Andhra Pradesh interlinks mighty Godavari and Krishna rivers

"It is a historic moment. Godavari and Krishna rivers are interlinked now,’’ AP Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao said.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: September 9, 2015 5:31 pm
Godavari, Krishna, river Godavari, river Krishna, krishna godavari interlinked, godavari krishna interlinked, latest news On September 15, the Godavari water, after flowing for 174 kms will reach Prakasam Barrage, the dam on river Krishna at Vijayawada.

Taking the first step to interlink the mighty Godavari and Krishna rivers, water from the Godavari was released into a newly built canal, and will eventually meet the river Krishna at Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada on September 15 after flowing for 174 kms. After flowing for 124 kms, the Godavari water today reached the Krishna delta region where it was welcomed by thousands of farmers and villagers who offered flowers and prayers. “It is a historic moment. Godavari and Krishna rivers are interlinked now,’’ AP Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao said.

Since September 1, the AP Government started releasing 450 to 500 cusecs of Godavari water from Tatipudi Lift Irrigation Project in West Godavari district into the Polavaram Project’s Right Main Canal. The Polavaram canal was linked to the Tatipudi Project’s main irrigation canal through which the water was released. On September 15, the Godavari water, after flowing for 174 kms will reach Prakasam Barrage, the dam on river Krishna at Vijayawada.

“We started releasing the water on September 1. About 450 to 500 cusecs was released intermittently as and when surplus water was available after meeting the requirements of the Tatipudi’s ayacut. This water has today reached 124 kms in the Polavaram Canal and has crossed into Krishna delta in Nuzvid of Krishna district. By September 14 or 15, about 26,000 cusecs will flow into the Prakasam Barrage. This was a trial run to see how the newly built Polavaram canal works, speed of water flow etc,’’ Indira Sagar Polavaram Project Right Main Canal (ISRMC) Superintending Engineer Srinivas Yadav said Wednesday.

It is sort of a trial run also for the upcoming Pattiseema Lift Irriation Project which envisages linking Godavari with Krishna basin and using Godavari water in Krisha delta and divert Krishna basin water to drought-prone Rayalaseema region through a maze of pipelines and canals. The project is also expected to ease the pressure on Srisailam Dam to cater to Krishna delta region as Godavari water will be supplied while water from Srisailam Dam can be diverted to Rayalaseema.

“Polavaram Dam, from where water can be supplied to Krishna Basin, will take another 4-5 years to be ready. What we have done in the meanwhile is using Polavaram project’s canal we have diverted Godavari water from an existing dam into the Krishna basin. Every year about 3000 TMC of Godavari water flows away into the Bay of Bengal while there is hardly enough water in the Krishna. If we can harness even 200 to 300 TMC and divert it to Krishna basin then it can be pumped to Rayalaseema where all the reservoirs, tanks and lakes can be filled up. This interlinking through Pattiseema Project will help drought-proof the state and we won’t face water shortage even if rains are not good in a particular year,’’ Parkala Prabhakar, Advisor to AP CM, says.

On September 15, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will formally announce the interlinking of Godavari and Krishna after the Godavari reaches the Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Sep 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm
    Sad to know that news of such developmental activities hardly get reported. Hope more such news are filled instead some stale news about Bolly wood or about Pappu or Sonia who are no more relevant in India............Kudos to dynamic CM of Andhra pradesh.
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      Adrian Akau
      Sep 13, 2015 at 11:03 am
      Genius, pure genius. A.P. will lead India in providing farmers with water.
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        sekhar
        Sep 10, 2015 at 11:48 am
        Hope river linking in other states will start.
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          Kaliyug
          Sep 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm
          The Bramhaputra, Ganges etc should be also interlinked, this will help the people living in South Indian State of Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh from chronic water shortages. The great Indian engineer Vishwesharaya had planned that, Nehru did not find any interest in this project because it did not make Congress rich, so the plan was shelved off. With so much sunshine in south India the country can harvest clean drinking water from the ocean, corruption is the main cause for the lack of action. Politicians like to play GOD in the distribution of water and electricity.
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          1. Dwibhashyam Agasthyeswar
            Sep 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm
            What did Modi do last 15 months? Do something before voter reject non performer
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