Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday formally interlinked the waters of the Rivers Godavari and Krishna at the Ibrahimpatnam Ferry village, which is located about 20-kilometers from Vijayawada.
The linking of these two major rivers will facilitate usage of about 80 TMC of the 3,000 TMC of Godavari waters that goes waste into the sea every year for irrigating the often drought-hit delta region of River Krishna.
The interlinking of the river waters fulfills a long cherished dream of farmers of the Krishna and Guntur Districts.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also unveiled a pylon depicting the importance of the linking of rivers.
To mark the occasion, the Krishna-Godavari confluence was named as ‘Krishna – Godavari Pavitra Sangamam’ meaning holy confluence in Telugu.
Later, Naidu performed special prayer at the Ferry.
Addressing farmers at a public meeting, he said his government is committed to the recharging of ground waters with a slew of water conservation measures to be implemented across the state in a campaign mode.
He said Andhra Pradesh will not face any water shortage problem in the wake of the interlinking of the two rivers.
The place where the two rivers meet near Ibrahimpatnam would be developed as a spiritual and tourism centre, he said.