CM monitors dry spell mitigation

CM monitors dry spell mitigation



Vijayawada, August 31: Farmers heaved a sigh of relief as Chief

Minister N Chandrababu Naidu personally monitoring dry spell mitigation

programme by camping in Anantapur. In addition the present rainfall

brought solace to farmers as it help to save the standing crops in 36.92

lakh acres in Rayalaseema region.

Though 68.48 per cent excess rainfall was recorded during June

registering 158.80 mm rain fall against 93.70 mm average rain fall deficit

rain fall recorded in both July and August months. In July 121.80 mm

rain fall was recorded against 151.30 mm with 19.50 per cent deficit rain

fall and in August 88.30 mm rain fall recorded against 158.90 mm

registering 44.43 per cent deficit rain fall.

Nellore district registerd -43.30 per cent deficit rain fall and

Srikakularm -27.80 per cent deficit rainfall. Of the total 670 mandals

deficit rain fall recorded in 210 mandals. Chief Minister N Chandrababu

Naidu pressed into service officials and rain guns to save the standing

crops. The state government has been using the services of students

and using rain guns and other available water resources to save the

crops. Speaking to media persons in Vijayawada on Wednesday,

Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that

the Krishna river has been receiving good inflows and the officials

released 11,600 cusecs from Prakasam barrage. He said 7,792 cusecs

water released to canals. He said that the inflow at Prakasam barrage

stands at 19,392 cusecs and the water level reached 12 ft after a gap of

one year. He said that the officials are releasing water to Krishna

Eastern and Western delta as per the demand of farmers. He said that

the water level at Pulichintala project stands at 14.3 ft. He said 12.5 tmc

of Godavari water was used for Krishna delta through Pattiseema

project. The Minister said that the flood levels at several dams on

Krishna river are increasing and there would be no deficit for water

supply to farmers.

Issued by: Commissioner, I&PR, AP Govt.


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