Jagan to lay foundation stone for Tarakarama project on May 3

Vishakhapatnam: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will lay the foundation stone for completing the pending works of Tarakarama Teerthasagar Irrigation Project in Gurla mandal of Vizianagaram district on Wednesday, May 3.

The pending works are estimated to cost ₹14.40 crore, according to the irrigation department officials. The project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

The project will supply 5 MLD of water to Bhogapuram International Airport, irrigate 24,700 acres of land, and supply 0.48 TMC of drinking water to Vizianagaram as well as to industries surrounding the town.

This project was proposed over River Champavathi in Kondragandredu village under Gurla mandal in 2005 during the tenure of Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. It got administrative sanction on February 19, 2005.

Initially, the estimated project cost had been ₹220.04 crore. Due to delay in its execution, its cost escalated to ₹471 crore in 2015 and ₹739.90 crore in 2020. The project required the acquisition of 3,454 acres of land. The government has acquired 3,265 acres and needs additional 189 acres, for which ₹284.27 crore are required.

Officials said 41 per cent of the project has been completed. All its remaining works will be completed by 2024 December.

Once completed, the project will irrigate 24,700 acres of land in 49 villages of Pusapatirega, Bhogapuram and Denkada mandals.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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