Pattiseema lift irrigation has been in controversies. The reasons being 1)Some said the project is not technically feasible. 2) Some others said that if Godavari water is diverted to Krishna, Godavari districts will see water shortage.
The idea behind the project was simple but brilliant. Excess Godavari water was draining into the sea which is criminal waste of this precious resource while many parts of the state are water scarce. So divert excess Godavari water to Krishna and divert the original Krishna water to Rayalaseema districts. Chandrababu vowed to finish the project at the earliest. And that has happened today proving all sceptics and some political parties wrong. Here are the details.
With priests chanting mantras, leaders offering ‘poornakumbha’ welcome and hundreds of farmers raising pro-Chandrababu Naidu slogans, the Godavari water entered the Krishna district today at Pallerlamudi village in Nuzvid mandal. As a massive earth mover removed soil, the Godavari water gushed into Krishna district and started flowing towards river Krishna with Water Resources Management Minister D Umamaheshwara Rao and Eluru MP Maganti Babu, MLAs Vallabhaneni Vamsimohan and Ch. Prabhakar performing pooja sprinkling flowers and breaking coconuts. The minister, MP, MLAs and other leaders were seen excited the moment the Godavari water entered in,turning the idea of inter-linking of rivers Godavari and Krishna into reality. All the leaders entered the Godavari waters and stood in waist deep water, celebrating the historic event. Hundreds of farmers from neighbouring villages also thronged to witness the linking.of the two rivers. Engineers said that 600 cusecs of water was released from the Tadipudi LI project to the Polavaram right canal as prelude to the release of Godavari water to the river Krishna.
Talking to media later, Irrigation Minister D Umamehswara Rao said at Pallerlamudi village that the Godavari water would merge into the Budameru stream at Vijayawada through which it would merge into the river Krishna upstream Prakasham barrage. The minister said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would release Godavari water to the river Krishna on September 15 coinciding the day as Engineers Day. It may be mentioned here that the government has taken up Pattiseema LI project at cost of Rs.1400 crore to pump Godavari water to the river Krishna throug Polavaram Right Canal until the multipurpose Polavaram project, across the river Godavari, consider to be the life line of AP, is completed. The minister said the Godavari water entering into the Krishna district and gushing towards the river Krishna is slap at the face of Opposition YSRCP, which was vehemently opposing the Pattiseema LI project.