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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Andhra Pradesh Irrigation - Projects & Discussions

I'm starting this thread so that we could understand our water resources properly.. Currently there is no thread that aggregates all information in a single location. Source of most of this information isWater Resources Information System(WRIS) of AP I&CAD

A.P. Irrigation Overview Total Geographical area 2.75 Lakh Sq. Kms Total Irrigable area 393 Lakh Acres Present Irrigable Land 292 Lakh Acres Total area under Irrigation Sources 134 Lakh Acres ( 3/04 ) IP Created so far by I&CADD 111 Lakh Acres ( 3/04 ) Ultimate IP 217 Lakh Acres Dependable availability of water 2746 TMC Utilization 2092 TMC
Completed Major Projects

Godavari Delta System
Kaddam
K.C. Canal Project
Nagarjunasagar Project
Nizamsagar Project
Pennar Delta System
Prakasam Barrage (Krishna Delta System)
Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS)
RDS Link Canal
Sriramasagar Project
NSRSP (SRISAILAM PROJECT)
Tungabhadra Project High Level Canal
Tungabhadra Project Low Level Canal
VAMSADHARA
Yeleru Reservoir Project


Srisailam Project

Godavari Delta Project

Pedderu

Upper Saligeru
Tatipudi
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@Prodigist, Thanks for the initiative to start this thread.

Can u post the names and locations of all 85 projects taken up under 'jalayagnam' programme? and then we can assess the status and development of those projects
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Awesome thread!
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Rs. 3,800 cr. for irrigation projects

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NIZAMABAD: Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy has disclosed that the government, while according utmost importance to early completion of irrigation projects, has allotted Rs.3800 crore this year.

Participating in official programmes in Navipet, Renjal and Bodhan mandals on Friday, he said there was no dearth of funds.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 04:28 AM   #5
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All set for water release to Krishna Eastern Delta

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Clogged: Water hyacinth that has collected in front of the eastern main canal head sluice a day before the irrigation department is set to release water to the delta for kharif in Vijayawada on Friday. —

VIJAYAWADA: Water will be released for the Krishna Eastern Delta except to the ayacut under the Krishna Eastern Bank Canal (KEB) on Saturday morning. Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathi will flip the switch to raise the gates of the Krishna Eastern Main Head sluice to release the water at 9 a.m. as per the schedule issued here.

The Prakasam Barrage Irrigation Advisory Board (IAB) which met on June 17 decided that water should be released to the eastern delta on June 25 and to the ayacut of the KEB canal on July 3. The IAB decided that water would be released for the irrigation of crop in a notified area of 6 lakh acres.

According to figures put before the IAB, 40.11 tmcft were utilised for irrigating 7.30 lakh acres in Krishna and West Godavari district in Kharif 2010. However a surplus of 403.79 tmcft was released from Prakasam Barrage to the Bay of Bengal during the season.

Similarly 44.25 tmcft were utilised for the irrigation of 2.5 lakh acres in Krishna and West Godavari districts and a surplus of 26.84 tmcft was released to the sea during the Rabi (2010-11) season.

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The release of water to the Krishna Eastern Delta was stopped on May 17 for taking up operation, maintenance and delta modernisation works. A crop holiday was announced for farmers with lands in the ayacut of KEB canal. The release of water to KEB was postponed for the completion of modernisation works.

The releases from Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir are being gradually increased since June 15. Increasing the discharge from 600 cusecs to 1,800 on June 17 the Irrigation Authorities have further increased releases to 2,500 from June 20.

The water released to the eastern delta will be drawn initially to fill drinking water tanks and then for irrigating seed beds.
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Kiran to inspect Hundri-Neeva works

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KURNOOL: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy will inspect Hundri-Neeva project at Malyala on Saturday which is in the final stage of execution.

The Chief Minister has decided to visit the place and review the project implementation in the wake of criticism for undue delay in starting the canal works that would provide irrigation and drinking water to the severe drought-prone areas in Kurnool, Anantapur and Chittoor districts. The first phase creates an irrigation potential of 80,000 acres in Kurnool and 1.18 lakh acres in Anantapur district utilising 14 tmcft from the foreshore of Srisailam project.

The first phase of the canal include pumping station and canal to a distance of 225 km involving a cost of Rs. 2,774 crore. So far, the department utilised Rs. 1,908.91 crore. The project is likely to be commissioned in August if every thing goes as per the schedule. Twelve giant motors were installed at the pumping station to discharge 3,850 cusecs at the rate of 321 cusecs per pumpset. The pumping station required 60 MW power at the rate of 5 MW per unit. After inspection at the pumping station, the Chief Minister will fly to Banaganapalli to participate in local programmes.
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Irrigation projects reviewed

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Chief Minister keen on early completion of the Pranahitha-Chevella Project

Kiran accorded approval for the project costing Rs.38,000 crore: Minister

Focus on projects:Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy at the review meeting in Nizamabad on Sunday.
SRI RAM SAGAR PROJECT (NIZAMABAD DT.): Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy has said that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was very keen on the early completion of the Pranahitha-Chevella Project and accorded approval for the project costing Rs.38,000 crore. The project once completed would irrigate 16 lakh acres spreading over five Telangana districts.

At a high-level review meeting on the progress of works of various irrigation projects in Telangana, held here on Sunday, the Minister said as regards the Pranahitha-Chevella project, three packages lie in the Nizamabad district and through which over three lakh acres could be irrigated. Efforts were on to complete the first package starting at Binola in Navipet mandal in next two years, the Minister said.

For Sri Ram Sagar Phase-II Rs.650 crore was allocated and if it were completed water could be given up to Suryapet in Nalgonda district. However, its work was delayed following the slow pace in land acquisition in Warangal, he said. As regards the Yellampally, Mr. Sudarshan Reddy said shutters problem arose in the project canal work and it would be finished at the earliest. Three lifts were fixed at a cost of Rs.1,157 crore and land acquisition still remained a problem. Under Phase-I, 65 per cent work has been completed, he said and told the authorities to focus on expediting the remaining work. For the Phase-II Rs.2,003 crore was allocated and under both Phase-I and Phase-II 1.23 lakh acres and 1.55 lakh acres respectively could be irrigated. As for Jagannathpur project in Adilabad district out of the estimated cost of Rs.180 crore so far Rs.70 crore was spent and 19 gates were to be set up to the reservoir. After going through the reports submitted by engineering authorities and contractors of different projects the Minister sought to attribute the slow pace in progress of works to the negligence of the contributors. Directing the authorities to issue notices to the contractors for the delay in completion of projects he said there must be remarkable progress within two months.

Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sreedhar Babu, MLAs E. Anil (Balkonda), Arepalli Mohan (Manakondur) and Maheswar Reddy (Nirmal), Principal Secretary, Irrigation, Adityanath Das, E-in-Cs E.S.N Reddy and P.S.R. Subramaniam, Sudheer, Commissioner (Godavari basin), Chief Engineers Satyanand, E. Mallikarjun Rao, Hatheeram, Narayan Reddy and Mohan Reddy participated.

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Modernisation of Godavari delta plagued with hurdles

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Rajahmundry: With farmers reluctant to observe crop holiday in the rabi season, officials were puzzled how to take up Godavari Delta modernisation works in the two Godavari districts. The officials of Godavari Delta Irrigation System have planned to declare crop holiday for next rabi and take up the modernisation works from December.

The response from contractors for these works was poor. They argued that the works could not be completed in six months.The contractors and irrigation officials contend that crop holiday for two rabi seasons was necessary to complete modernisation works.

Even if the government declares crop holiday for next rabi season, the possibility of farmers conceding to the proposal is slim.
Some of them have already declared crop holiday during kharif and did not get support price for their produce.

The modernisation includes irrigation canals, drains, outfall sluices, locks, culverts and other works in East and West Godavari districts. Though the project was prepared two years ago, works were not taken up in a big way. The government is giving priority to the project as it prevents inundation of fields by drains and irrigation canals during heavy rains and floods.

Crop loss due to inundation was reported during the previous four kharif seasons. Even though the delta modernisation was proposed decades ago, it could not materialise so far.
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63 crest gates of barrage raised

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VIJAYAWADA, 24/08/2011 SAFE SPOT: An adventurer stands on the spot where water released through crest gates overflows the dividing wall of scovur sluices of Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar.

The Irrigation authorities had to raise 63 crest gates of the Prakasam Barrage to release the surplus water being received from the upper reaches here on Wednesday. The tail pond of Prakasam Barrage received over 50,000 cusecs from Nagarjuna Sagar and rivulets that empty into the river between the reservoir and the barrage.

While the irrigation authorities diverted about 10,000 cusecs into the canals irrigating the delta the surplus water had to be released by raising the crest gates.

The inflow at the barrage dropped towards the evening with the authorities lowering 20 gates reducing the discharge from the barrage to 33,000 cusecs.
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People flock to Nagarjunasagar

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NALGONDA: It was like a festive atmosphere near Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) as a large number of tourists turned up to witness the lifting of all 26 crest gates of NSP on Monday.
More than 1,000 people from Nalgonda, Guntur and Hyderabad flocked the Nagarjuna Sagar to have a sight of the heavy floods and lifting of gates.
The tourists reached NSP by four and two wheelers.
However, project authorities did not allow them on the project in view of the ministers' visit. However, around 600 to 700 people could reach the top of the project.
An equal number of people went beneath the project to have a downside view.
Major Irrigation Minister Sudharshan Reddy had formally lifted the gates and released the water into the Prakasam Barrage. NSP has been receiving huge inflows for the last few days, the gates of which have been lifted and water released for the farmers.
The state government has also agreed to provide irrigation water for the second crop under NSP due to heavy inflows. The minister later said that he was happy that all projects have been filled with water in the state.
Sudharshan Reddy, Panchayat Raj minister Jana Reddy and Infrastructure minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy had released 3 lakh cusecs of water through the 26 crest gates at a height of seven feet.
Sudharshan Reddy said that Nagarjuna Sagar water has been utilized for 31 lakhs acres of agricultural land and to produce hydel power.
Since the reservoir has been getting huge inflows, water would also be released for the second crop, he assured the farmers.
Jana Reddy said due to heavy inflows, canal modernisation works were delayed, he said. The World Bank has sanctioned `4,444 crores for the modernisation of the project canal.
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Andhra Pradesh CM directs irrigation and Energy department to step up and maximise hydro power

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Hyderabad: The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today directed the irrigation and Energy department to step up and maximise hydro power in the State. The Energy department officials today said that hydro power generation has vastly increased thanks to the copious rains in some parts of the State.
The Chief Minister had a detailed review of latest issues of Power Sector with top officials at Secretariat. The Chief Minister wanted the irrigation and energy department to give wide publicity to the details of inflow into the reservoirs and about the hydro power generation etc. so that people will get to know about this on a day-to-day basis. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to take steps to cope up with the energy demands well in advance particularly in the coming summer months when the demands from the agriculture sector will also be at its peak coinciding with examination time for students. He wanted the officials to tie-up for power purchases anticipating shortages in the summer months. Principal Secretary, Energy, Dinesh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Finance, V Bhasker, CMD, AP Transco, Ajay Jain, MD, AP Genco, K Vijayanand, Joint MD, AP Transco, K Ranganadham, MD, NEDCAP, Chandan Mitra, Member-Secretary, Energy Coordination Cell, Chandrasekhara Reddy and other officials attended themeting.
The Chief Minister wanted that farmers, students and domestic sector should not be put to any kind of difficulties and advance measures should be taken to meet the peak power demands. He also wanted the wind energy generation to be stepped up to its capacity of 1500 mw and there is a huge scope to install wind power plants in the State. He said a policy should be worked out for power purchase since we are giving a lot of concession to the thermal power projects and it should be beneficial to the State Government. The Chief Minister directed the officials to see that Transmission and distribution losses to be cut to the minimum possible since it "one unit saved is one unit generated".
He wanted meters to be installed at all transformers and substations and this should be taken as a pilot project and completed at some of the districts like Chittoor, Kadapa etc where it was already taken up. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said while the State Government is determined to continue free power supply to the agriculture sector in spite of heavy subsidies since it helps the farmers, there should not be any wastage, pilferage and transmission losses. There should be accountability and transparency in the power supply to farmers. The Chief Minister also wanted that details regarding free power supply to farmers including the schedule and timings should be put on the website. There also should be CALL CENTRE like arrangement so that the farmers can call and inform about the transformer burning etc. The power officials and linemen should immediately attend to the complaints. While so much crores are being spent on this, we should also make it transparent and all complaints should be attended to immediately so that the Energy department can keep its credibility. He wanted GPS system also to be introduced to the vehicles of the sub-stations which changes the faulty transformers. The Chief Minister would take up the issue of coal like long-term linkage to the thermal plants in the State with Union Minister for coal, Mr Jaiswal and also supply of gas to power projects with the Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Jaipal Reddy during his forthcoming visit to Delhi. Agricultural Supply: There are 9438 number of 11kv feeders emanating from 33/11kv Substations which meet the agriculture demand. The daily data regarding supply is being obtained from the Operators manning the 33/11kV Substations and there is no regular check regarding the correctness of the data except when specific complaints are made. All Discoms have been instructed to download the data from the meters provided on the 11kV rural feeders once in a month and exceptional reports generated will be reviewed personally by CMDs/ Discoms and Directors/Operation. Action plan is being prepared by AP Discoms for installation of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) facility whereby online data can be transferred from the feeders. This would be completed within a period of next 4 months. There are 29.46 lakh agricultural services existing in the State by end of August, 2011. 37646 agricultural services were released against the target of 1.5 Lakhs during 2011-12 up to August, 2011. R-APDRP--Make Accountable: The Chief Minister instructed the officials to complete the Restructured --Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) strictly by the stipulated schedule i.e. by February 2012. He has also asked to make responsible the agencies and the officials in case of delay in the completion of the programme as the loan sanctioned by the Government of India will not be converted as a grant if not completed by February, 2012. Replacement of Sick Distribution Transformers: There are a total of 8.37 lakh transformers in the State against which 33,483 transformers shall be maintained as a rolling stock. Only 24, 772 transformers are available in the rolling stock as on end of August, 2011. The problem is more acute in Medak, Mahabubnagar & Nalgonda districts of CPDCL and Nizamabad, Karimnagar & Warangal districts of NPDCL. Discoms have been instructed to keep sufficient rolling stock of transformers at the sub-division level and asked to replace the failed transformers using the utility vehicle already available with the concerned sub-division. Similarly, Discoms have been instructed to open additional Special Maintenance/ repair sheds at the division and sub-division level, so that healthy DTRs are available for timely replacement. Efforts are being made by APTransco and AP Discoms to get a universal number like 104 and 108. Till such time, the phone number of Load Monitoring Cell in the district which is working round the clock will be informed to public. In SPDCL and EPDCL, efforts would be made to streamline the entire system by 15th of September and in CPDCL and NPDCL by 15th of October. High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS): High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) for ensuing better quality of supply to Agricultural pumpsets is under implementation in the State. HVDS is already implemented for 6.89 lakh pumpsets at a cost of Rs.2204 crores out of a total of 29.50 lakh agricultural pumpsets existing in the State. A Project for a loan assistance of Rs.988 crores under Overseas Development Authority (ODA) package for implementation of HVDS in 16 districts for 2.43 lakh pumpsets has been sanctioned by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The Project implementation will commence by January, 2012. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen VidyutikaranYojana (RGGVY): Andhra Pradesh State is No.1 in the country in RGGVY in release of BPL services. The scheme validity is up to 30th June, 2011. At present there are no approved projects/schemes for electrification of left over rural/ BPL households, SC, ST & Weaker Section Colonies and Indiramma Colonies. Government of AP have requested Government of India for further continuation of RGGVY for electrification of leftover SC, ST, Weaker Section Colonies and BPL Services.
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''Indira Jala Prabha'' irrigation scheme launched in AP

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Ongole (AP), Oct 2 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh government today launched an ambitious scheme to provide irrigation facility to the lands distributed to the poor from SC and ST communities. Named 'Indira Jala Prabha', the scheme was kicked off by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at Jangalapalle village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam district. Under the scheme, the state government would provide irrigation facility to 10 lakh acres of land in the next three years and that six lakh SC and ST families would be benefited by it, Reddy said. The scheme is being implemented with Rs 1,800 crore and NABARD would provide Rs 887 crore of it. The Chief Minister expressed his happiness that the programme is being launched on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who strived hard to root out untouchability. The 'Indira Jala Prabha' scheme would herald good tidings in the lives of the poor, he said. Speaking on the occasion, Azad appreciated the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for introducing the scheme. The Chief Minister also announced a new scheme, as per which, the state government would bear the interest to be paid by farmers for a loan upto Rs one lakh, if the loan repayment pattern is good. The 'zero interest' scheme, to be implemented from 2011 Rabi season, would benefit 95 lakh farmers, he said. Officials said 95 per cent of the state's farmers take loans below Rs one lakh and the scheme would benefit them. The remaining five per cent of farmers, who borrow loans over Rs one lakh, would also be benefited by the 'zero interest' scheme, as it would apply up to the Rs one lakh taken by them. The state government would pay between Rs 650 crore and Rs 700 crore to the banks towards the interest payable by the farmers, they added.
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Polavaram tender saves government Rs 600 crore

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HYDERABAD: The state government on Wednesday awarded a contract worth Rs. 4,717 crore to SEW, an infrastructure and construction company, to execute four major components of the Polavaram irrigation project.
�The government claimed it made a saving of Rs 600 crore by conducting the tender process for the contract in a transparent manner.
SEW was the lowest bidder for the four works, quoting 12.6 per cent less than the total value of the work.
SEW emerged the lowest bidder among the four firms that had been short-listed from a total of seven companies which filed tenders for the works.
The works for the contracts that were awarded to SEW are: spillway, head work, earth-cum-rock fill dam and excavation of hydel generation block.
The government said it has saved Rs 600 crore, enough to bankroll its new pet Rs 1 per kilogram rice scheme for at least a year, through the tendering process.
The Polavaram project is intended to create a new ayacut of 7.2 lakh acres and stabilisation of 25 lakh acres of the ayacut in the Krishna and Godavari delta.
�The project will generate 960 mw of power and provide drinking water facility to 500 villages, sources said.
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NABARD sanctions Rs 2.3 bln aid for irrigation projects in Andhra Pradesh

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Chennai/ Hyderabad: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has granted Rs 2.3 billion aid to fund the Andhra Pradesh Micro-Irrigation Project, which is being implemented through the horticulture department in the state.
NABARD has sanctioned the loan under its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund - XVII to provide micro-irrigation facilities in 114,000 hectare of cultivated land, benefiting 697,631 farmers across 22 districts in the state.
The micro-irrigation facilities include drip-online, drip-inline, rain guns, micro and mini sprinklers and semi-permanent sprinklers.
The Andhra Pradesh Micro-Irrigation Project is the biggest micro-irrigation project sanctioned by NABARD under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and it is expected to upgrade the state gross domestic product (GDP) by Rs 2.87 billion.
NABARD has so far granted loans worth Rs 13.46 billion to the Andhra Pradesh government during the current financial year 2011-12, exceeding the initial standard allocation of Rs 8.80 billion.
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The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh vide their letter dated 27.5.2005 brought to the notice of Central Water Commission (CWC) that Government of Maharashtra had taken up construction of 11 new barrages across main river Godavari including Babhali Barrage close to the fringe of Sriram Sagar reservoir in Andhra Pradesh in violation of the inter-state agreement dated 6.10.1975 between the two States. In this connection, last stage inter-State meeting was proposed by CWC in May, 2010 to resolve the issue. The meeting was not held as Government of Maharashtra informed that the matter of utilization of 60 TMC of Godavari waters by Maharashtra is sub-judice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and as such, it is not appropriate to hold any meetings in this regard. A proposal namely Upper Krishna Project Stage-III, Karnataka for utilization of 130.9 TMC of water in accordance with decision of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT)-II from Almatti Reservoir which involves raising FRL of Dam from 519.6 m to 524.256 m has been received. The proposal is not acceptable since the allocation of 130.9 TMC against which the water is proposed to be utilized is not made in the decision of KWDT-I.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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15 lakh tonnes will be routed through PDS under the new decentralised procurement policy

For the first time, the Andhra Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation will directly procure 15 lakh tonnes of raw rice from rice millers for its public distribution system under the new decentralised procurement policy.

Normally, the Food Corporation of India procures levy rice, both for supply to fair price shops under the PDS in the State and for the central pool.

As the State government is determined to roll out the Decentralised Procurement Policy from ensuing kharif marketing season -- to ensure minimum support price to farmers, quality Re.1 kg rice to customers in their own districts -- a preparatory meeting was held with Joint Collectors, District Supply Officers from 15 districts, officers of Food Corporation of India and rice millers here on Monday.

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“The objective is to take views and inputs from all the stakeholders to finalise the procurement exercise keeping in view available storage capacity with the Food Corporation of India and the Civil Supplies Corporation in various districts,” said Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu who chaired the meeting.

The decentralised procurement policy would be implemented in phases, beginning with procurement of 15 lakh tonnes of rice from October. “We plan to procure the entire 40 lakh tonnes of raw rice required for PDS in the State in the next one or two years, once the storage capacity is upgraded,” he said.

For the 15 lakh tonnes of rice to be stored in different districts, the FCI agreed to give a few of its godowns to the Civil Supplies Corporation which had its own storage space of five lakh tonnes. The corporation would also strengthen the mandal level stock points by constructing godowns scientifically.

The FCI agreed to depute its manpower and also train Civil Supplies Corporation staff in procurement process before the kharif marketing season commenced. The corporation will also purchase superfine quality paddy, mill it and supply superfine quality rice through special counters at a reasonable price.
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The state government on Monday told the AP High Court that no crop has been affected by paucity of water in Krishna Delta till date this season. Submitting a status report of Kharif crops in the state, especially crops in the Delta region, advocate-general A. Sudarshan Reddy said enough water was available in the Prakasam Barrage to take care of the crops in Krishna Delta for two weeks.

A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Vilas V. Afzulpurkar was dealing with a PIL filed by MP Gutta Sukhender Reddy and Mir Hasan Ali Khan of Hyderabad city and others. The petitioners sought the court's direction to the government not to release water from Nagarjunasagar without catering to the city's drinking water needs and fluoride-affected villages of Nalgonda district.

In August, the Bench directed the government not to release water downstream from Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar if the water level falls below 834 feet and 510 feet, respectively. Referring to the orders, Mr Sudarshan Reddy said the government maintains water level at the reservoirs as directed by the court. At present, he said, the water level at Nagarjunasagar is above 510 feet, while the level at Srisailam is high enough to start power generation.

Notices to Tribal welfare, DGP
The AP High Court on Monday issued notices to the DGP and tribal welfare commissioner on a petition by the Indian Child Welfare Forum seeking the intervention of the court in protecting innocent tribal boys and girls from exploitation. The taken up petition said activists of revolutionary organisations were compelling them to join Left-wing extremist parties. The court granted two weeks’ to the respondents to file their affidavits.

HC seeks report on Congress MLA
The AP High Court on Monday directed the vigilance department to furnish a report on the inquiry conducted on Congress legislator U.V. Ramanamurthy Raju. The court was dealing with a petition by 17 MPTC members of the district, seeking a probe by the CBI and I-T authorities, into alleged illegal acquisition of properties worth thousands of cror-es of rupees by the MLA. They said that Mr Raju amassed wealth by diverting funds sanctioned to the weaker sections, which was proved by the inquiry. The petitioners alleged that the MLA had purchased lands in the surrounding areas of Visak-hapatnam, obtaining GPA from poor and illiterate farmers. Likewise, he acquired hundreds of acres by misusing his position, they said. They also alleged that no action was being taken by the government though there was a vigilance report.

Baba Trust: HC seeks more info
A Division Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Vilas Afzulpu-rkar, on Monday directed K. Ramesh, a petitioner seeking a CBI probe into the affairs of the Sathya Sai Seva Trust, to inform the court whether the trust had ever been under the jurisdiction of any government department. Ramesh, a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, sought a direction to have the CBI investigate the alleged irregularities committed by members of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Central Trust and also into the cause of the demise of the godman at Puttaparthi in April 2011.

The Bench asked the petitioner to explain whether the trust was registered and within the jurisdiction of the endowments department and whether the government had ever examined these affairs earlier. The Bench granted a week to respond its queries.

Civic chief jailed for contempt
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Monday sentenced Kadapa Municipal Corporation commissioner Samson Babu to two weeks’ simple imprisonment in a contempt case. While allowing the contempt case by V. Nagamuni Reddy, a resident of Kadapa, the judge did not appreciate the manner in which the officer had violated the orders of the court and then went about trying to justify the action. The petitioner said that the Corporation demolished his compound wall, based on a complaint, but no inquiry was conducted to ascertain whether the compound wall was or not within the road margins. The sentence was suspended for a month.

State gets notice on road mishaps
The High Court on Monday issued notices to the state government on a plea seeking directions that it set up a high level regulatory agency to minimise road accidents. The Bench was dealing with the plea by one Padmaja, representing the Forum for Better Living.
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Hyderabad: Work pertaining to the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) in Andhra Pradesh will commence by December last week and the tender process is expected to be completed by last week of September. Andhra Pradesh and Orissa are the two states that have been chosen for the first phase of the World Bankassisted programme, which is a part of the national disaster management. In the state, the project will be implemented with an outlay of Rs 758 crore, of which 25 percent will be borne by the state government. The project cost for the first phase is Rs 1496.71 crore and it will be increased as the project progresses.
Speaking to mediapersons, National Disaster Management Authority (NMDA) member VK Duggal expressed his satisfaction over the progress of work so far. “There were some technical problems like e-procurement and tendering process, which are being sorted out. There is need to speed up the work, which is being done,” he said.
According to VK Duggal, east coast of the country is more vulnerable to cyclones than west coast and among the states of east coast, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa had borne the brunt of cyclone fury in the past several decades. He said that in last 100 years, there were 103 cyclones in the state, which is why it has been chosen for the initial implementation of the national project. “The project has to be completed by 2015 and several systems are being put in place to ensure that interdepartmental cooperation is there during the crisis period,” he said.
Work on the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) in Andhra Pradesh will commence by December.
Considering the importance of rescue and relief operations during natural or man made disasters, the strength of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is being raised from the 10 battalions to 12 in the country.
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If many irrigation projects taken up under the ‘Jalayagnam’ are mired in one issue or the other, an unrelated project just two years old is promising to usher in several innovative changes in not only water management but also livelihood issues.

The Nagarjunasagar modernisation project with part funding by the World Bank is not a mere brick and mortar work of repairing canals or improving the irrigation service delivery by preventing wastage of water.

It is being undertaken with an ambitious plan to increase the ayacut, improve farm outputs using the latest technology, encourage cultivation of fruits & vegetables crops, increase fish yield in the reservoir besides ensuring proper utilisation of available water to all the head, middle and tail end areas equitably by empowering the beneficiaries to become decision makers.

Titled as the A.P. Water Sector Improvement Project (APWSIP), the Rs.4, 444.41 crore project with the WB loan of Rs.2, 025 crore and the Government share of Rs.2, 419 crore, in a six year span proposes to deal the entire gamut of operations of the biggest multi-purpose irrigation project on a sustainable basis.

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“Five districts, five lakh farmers and 22 lakh acres are dependent on the dam. It’s a challenging project as we have just 90 days in a year to undertake any repairs. The objective is to see that both the landholder and non-landholder benefit,” explains Project Director G. Malsur.

The dam is key for the State as it provides water for irrigation, industries, domestic use and also generates 960 MW.

Modernisation was felt necessary as the canals have lost the designed carrying capacity to 32.5 per cent due to leakages, seepages, damage to structures, extensive vegetation making it inaccessible for repairs, over irrigation in head reaches resulting in excess drawals and so on.

Water was also not reaching the tail end areas resulting in a gap of four lakh, likely to increase by one per cent each year without repairs.

Ever since the works began in September 2010, contracts have been awarded for the main and branch canal works, dam safety works at a cost of Rs, 1,100 crore.

Strengthening banks, cement lining, replacing gates and other equipment, measuring devices, proportional distributor structures, command and communication system, etc., form part of the works. The project aims to increase the canal carrying capacity to 50 per cent, increase crop yields from 15 per cent to 25 per cent of the five major crops of paddy, cotton, maize, groundnut and pulses with the help of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University; milk production to 10 per cent (three per cent now), fish to 150 kg/ha (40 kg/ha) in reservoirs.
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The cost of production of paddy in Andhra Pradesh was higher than the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,080 a quintal in the last year mainly because of higher expenditure on wages, says the latest study undertaken by the RBI’s research wing.

Andhra Pradesh is one of the leading producing States in the country.

The study, conducted by the Development Research Group (DRG) of RBI, also said the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has underestimated the production cost of paddy for the State while recommending MSP to the Centre.

“A considerable rise in the demand for labour in the non- agricultural sector, implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and migration have also resulted in a sharp rise in wage costs, and thereby pushed up the cost of cultivation,” the report said.

The DRG report titled “Pricing of Paddy: A Case Study of Andhra Pradesh” has been prepared by Ramana Murthy and Rekha Misra. A sample survey was undertaken covering 192 households in 13 villages from eight districts.

Highlighting that the agrarian structure in Andhra Pradesh was dominated by small and marginal farmers, the report said: “The average cost of production of paddy in the state during 2011-12 was above MSP. The MSP covered only paid-out costs...the cost of cultivation has gone up in the State, irrespective of the region.”

In order to ensure better price to paddy growers, the DRG report has suggested assigning procurement operations to self-help groups in selected locations could be experimented for the State as a whole.
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