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.