During a review meeting in Tadepalli on Friday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy asked water resources department officials to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the maintenance of lift irrigation projects across the state.
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Chief Minister Jagan directed officials to identify and work on best practices for launching lift schemes in other states.
“The government is paying the electricity bill, and necessary efforts should be done to educate and teach them so that management can function properly under farmer supervision,”added the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister discussed the work plan to be performed in the area affected by erosion at the ECRF Dam while reviewing the progress of the Polavaram project works.
Officials stated there are currently two and a half lakh cusecs of flood water in the Godavari, noting that the flood is still ongoing.
The tests would begin in mid-November, according to officials, to confirm the conditions in the erosion area and the strength of the diaphragm wall.
Officials stated that the lower cofferdam would be finished while these experiments were being carried out.
Meanwhile, CM Jagan has directed that the priority in R&R works be completed relief and rehabilitation works up to 41.15 metres as specified in the order.
“Andhra Pradesh has witnessed the highest flood since 1990 with 25.92 lakh cusecs on July 18. Further, the water flow was 15.04 lakh cusecs on August 14, 15.92 lakh cusecs on August 19, and 13.78 lakh cusecs on September 16.”Explaining the continuous flow in the Godavari, the officials said,
In the background of heavy rains, the reservoirs have about 90 percent water storage despite the plug cushion.
“The process of tenders for lift irrigation works from Gotta Barrage to Hiramandalam Reservoir has started. Arrangements are on for the foundation stone laying in December,”said the officials.