The Andhra Pradesh government with the inspiration given by the central government has made a strong push for the waterways and Irrigation development in order to change the face of rural areas.
Several initiatives taken up by the government has started paying dividends in the State. Plans are afoot to develop the waterways into commercial shipping and navigation systems for the movement of large cargo and passenger vessels. A ground report from our Visakhapatnam correspondent:
As part of on-going process of linking of main rivers together so as to deal the Water scarcity, Godavari and Krishna rivers are being linked to cater the Agricultural and Industrial requirements of the concerned areas.
The Union Minister for Shipping and waterways Nitin Gadkari in his recent visit to city has announced that the Indian government attaches importance to the push for inland waterways. Retired Chief Engineer and Senior Technical Expert, MT.Raju, said that once Godavari water comes to north coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh, Water ways development is more feasible
P.Swarna Kumar,DE, Department of Irrigation told that efforts are on to link Godavari and Krishna to on-going Polavaram project which gives water to around 36,000 acres of agricultural land.
If once the agricultural lands are irrigated totally, a remarkable welfare, of the farmers as well as villages can be seen.