Potharlanka Lift Irrigation Scheme – The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu has launched the Potharlanka Lift Irrigation Scheme for the farmers of the state at a cost of Rs 50 crore. CM inaugurated this scheme at Donepudi village in Kollur mandal in Guntur district. CM also launched Grama Darshini.
Potharlanka Lift Irrigation Scheme
The state government has launched the Potharlaka Lift Irrigation Scheme to supply irrigation water to 12 island villages from Potharlanka to Bhattiprolu. Under this scheme, the irrigation department will lift the water at Donepudi from Krishna west bank canal with the help of motors. Through this scheme, the state government will provide irrigation water to 5,000 acres of land in Kollur, Bhattiprolu, Thokavanipalem, Tippalakatta, Kishkindapalem, Tadikalapudi, Juvvalapalem, Pesarlanka, Vellatur, Pedapulivarru and Oleru villages in the district.
The irrigation department has laid 1,250 metres long pipeline on left side and 5,000 meters long pipeline on right side in order to avoid evaporation of water. The Andhra Pradesh Government has allocated Rs 8.46 crore funds and the Nabard allocated Rs 41.22 crore for this scheme.
The Groundwater was reducing in the island villages in Guntur district, as a result, the farmers of these villages are facing water shortage problem for the cultivation of the lands. Due to the shortage of water, the farmers are unable to get proper yield.
The CPM leader Koratala Satyana launched the agitation for Potharlanka Lift Irrigation and took up with the then Chief Minister NT Rama Rao had allocated Rs 2.64 crore for the scheme in 1998.
In the previous elections, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited the island villages and the farmers requested CM to take up the scheme to solve irrigation water problem.