YSR for linking of projects
‘Veligallu and Handri Neeva can together irrigate more than one lakh acres of land’
VELIGALLU (KADAPA DT.):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy announced plans for linking Veligallu medium irrigation project in Lakkireddipalle constituency with Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanti project for bringing one lakh more acres under irrigation in the backward constituency in addition to Veligallu’s ayacut of 24,000 acres.
Addressing a public meeting after dedicating to the nation the Rs. 208-crore Veligallu project and releasing water to its right canal, Dr. Reddy said the government would strive to make the perennially drought-prone area fertile even if it costs Rs. 3 crore per acre. Describing Rayachoti and Lakkireddipalle constituencies in Kadapa district and Anantapur district as being more backward than Telangana region, he asserted that utilising one-fourth of the water flowing into the sea from Krishna and Godavari rivers would help make every acre in the State fertile, but it entailed a huge financial outlay.
The Chief Minister hoped to get additional allocation of Krishna water when the Krishna Water Tribunal disposes of a case in which the State government projected a requirement of 2,000 tmcft. of water, as against the previous allotment of 811 tmcft.
Assuring to permanently mitigate the drinking water scarcity in Rayachoti town, he said a Rs. 42-crore drinking water scheme from Veligallu and Rs. 28-crore water scheme from Annamayya project in Rajampet were taken up for catering to the drinking water needs of Rayachoti. Srinivasapuram reservoir linked to Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanti costing Rs. 301 crore, for which he laid foundation stone on Monday, would be completed in the next three-and-half years.
Ministers Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Galla Aruna Kumari, Rajampet MP A. Sai Pratap, MLCs, MLAs and Congress leaders participated.
YSR to attend Jesuit alumni meet
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will be the chief guest of the eleventh Southern Jesuit Alumni (Old Boys’) Conference of the Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association, scheduled to commence on December 28.
The two-day event, to be held on the premises on the Loyola College, will be hosted by the Jesuit Alumni Associations of Andhra Pradesh. Eminent dignitaries, including State ministers, judges and bureaucrats, will attend the conference. In a statement on Monday, Director of Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association, Vijayawada, Fr. A. Theckemury said the theme of the conference was ‘The fire that kindles other fires’.
The Society of Jesus is a worldwide organisation of religious men, numbering about 20,000 spread across the world, of which 4,000 are in the 20 provinces of India. In Andhra Pradesh alone, there are about 200 Jesuits working in schools and colleges, youth services and social work centres. The two-day conference is aimed at providing a common platform for all the Jesuit alumni, in whichever part of the world they are in, to attend the meet. For further details, Fr. Theckemury can be reached on phone No. 09908073088 and convener of the association M. K. Surya Prakasa Rao on 09963089129.