Andhra Pradesh government to link rivers to end drought in 2 districts

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Srikakulam: In a bid to make Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts drought-free, the Andhra Pradesh government is planning to link a number of rivers by the end of June. Officials have proposed to undertake two projects to link Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers and Vegavathi-Champavati-Suvarnamukhi and Nagavali rivers. The proposals are awaiting administrative sanctions.

According to sources, the existing high level canal of 33 km would be extended between Hirmandal Reservoir on Vamsadhara river and Narayanapur barrage on Nagavali river.

The project will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 84 crore and will enhance the canal capacity from 130 cusecs to 600 cusecs. For this, the government will need to acquire 200 acres land. As Vamasadhara river has abundant waterflow throughout the year, the linkage will aid farmers along Nagavali river by providing irrigation water across 18,530 acres during the deficit rainfall period between September and October.

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