Yesterday Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has laid the foundation of Purushottapatnam Lift Irrigation (LI) scheme. This scheme is being launched with an aim of providing irrigation facility to 2.15 lakh acres in East Godavari district also for fulfilling the demand of drinking and industrial water of Visakhapatnam city.
This scheme proposes to lift 3,500 cusecs of water from the Godavari downstream Polavaram dam and pump into Polavaram left the main canal, and then divert the water into the Yeleru reservoir.
The government starts the initiative of diverting Godavari water to the Krishna through the Polavaram right main canal and the completion of Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme.
This diversion of Godavari water helped in stabilizing the ayacut both in West Godavari and Krishna districts and saving standing crop worth Rs. 2,500 crore amidst drought conditions during Kharif.
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