The Chief Minister, who has played an instrumental role in making Andhra Pradesh No. 1 in the country in river-linking by linking the Krishna and Godavari rivers during 2015 through Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme, has also successfully stabilized the Krishna ayacut to supply water to the Rayalaseema region. CM had also initiated the project to link the Godavari and Penna rivers to supply water to parched lands of Rayalaseema region.
Though River Penna flows through Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Nellore districts, the meagre water resources are not enough to cater to the needs of these districts. The interlinking of Penna and Godavari rivers will benefit all the regions in the five districts along with Rayalaseema, through the utilization of water draining into the ocean.
The government of Andhra Pradesh has taken up this project in five phases at an estimated cost of Rs. 83,796 Cr. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the first phase of works costing Rs. 6,020.15 Cr at Nakerekal in Guntur district.
In the first phase of Godavari-Penna linking, 8,500 cusecs of water from Pattiseema and 6,870 cusecs of water from Chintalapudi lift will be taken to Prakasam barrage. From Prakasam barrage, 7,000 cusecs of water will be drawn to Nagarjuna Sagar's right main canal in five phases through 10.25 Km pipeline from Krishna river and gravity canal at a stretch of 56.35 km, using five lifts. The first lift will be set up at Harischandrapuram, the second one at Lingapuram, the third one at Vyyandana, the fourth one at Gangireddypalem and the fifth one at Nakirekal. By bringing Godavari water up to Nakirekal and linking to Sagar's right main canal, over 9,61,000 acres of both Guntur and Prakasam district will get stabilized ayacut.
Through this project, farmers in 39 Mandals of Guntur district including Prattipadu, Tadikonda, Pedakurapadu, Sattenapalli, Vinukonda, Chilakaluripet, Narasaraopet, and Gurazala constituencies will be benefitted. Farmers in 40 Mandals of Prakasam district, including Yerragondapalem, Kondepi, Ongole, Darsi, Santanutalapadu, Prchuru, and Addanki constituencies will also be benefitted.