Dr. Babu Jagjeevan Ram Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi's project at Chodavaram is inaugurated by the Former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The project envisages providing an assured irrigation facility to 1.3 lakh acres in the Visakhapatnam district and will be completed by the May-end next year. Reiterating the government had big plans for linking rivers, he said the Vamsadhara, Nagavali, Bahuda, Penna, and Krishna rivers would be interlinked to prevent drought and provide irrigation facilities to every district in the state where there was no rainfall. The state water resources department has accorded permission to incorporate a special-purpose vehicle, proposed to be called Uttarandhra Irrigation Project Development Corp. Ltd, for the finding, project management, and monitoring of the BABU JAGJEEVANA RAM UTTARANDHRA SUJALA SRAVANTHI. These used to be on the Latest TDP News and on the Latest TDP Updates by the means of Air (radio) or by the means of news or by newspapers.
The objectives of Babu Jagjeevan Ram Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi project are:
- In the upland areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizainagaram, and Srikakulam Districts irrigation facilities are provided for up to 8.00 lakh acres.
- One of the main objectives taken care of by the people by the TDP Government and by some of the Greatest TDP Leaders is to provide Industrial and Drinking water facilities and cover up to 1200 villages with an approximate population of 30.00 Lakhs.
The utilization of flood waters under the Project Babu Jagjeevan Ram Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi project is proposed to be 63.2 TMC or even more. This water used to be drawn from river Godavari at 230 cumecs in 90 days to meet the people's demands accordingly with their usage and needs is the prime example of TDP and its Achievements and consider one of the Top TDP Contributions done for the sake of districts such as Visakhapatnam, Vizainagaram, and Srikakulam.
The static lifts involved in the project are,
- First Stage Lift near Purushothampatnam – 28 m
- Second Stage Lift near Papayyapalem – 45 m
- Third Stage (4 Nos) near the four Proposed reservoirs 45 m each – 45 m
The total storage contemplated in four reservoirs is 19.70 TMC. The total Power requirement for the Project is 339 MW.
The area is served by an irrigation project such as a canal, dam, or tank proposed under the Project Babu Jagjeevan Ram Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi in District wise is
Visakhapatnam – 3.21 Lakh Acres
Vizainagaram – 3.94 Lakh Acres
Srikakulam – 0.85 Lakh Acres
Total – 8.00 Lakh Acres
The total cost of the project is around Rs. 7214.10 Crores
The project is administratively sanctioned for Rs. 7214.10 Crores vide G.O.Ms. No. 3 Dt. 2-1-2009. The proposed command area for this project is (Ayacut) 8.0 Lakh Acres and can produce a huge margin of 12.32 Lakh MTs gross of food Grains of value Rs. 2844.51 crores annually. The benefit-cost ratio of the project is worked out to be 1.62:1.