Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Cabinet gave in-principle approval for constructing two barrages on Krishna River.

Each barrage will have a holding capacity of 3TMC. The first one will be constructed between Penamaluru and Mangalagiri with an estimated budget of Rs 1215 Crore. The second one will be constructed between Mopidevi and Repalle with an expenditure of Rs 1273 Crore.

The cabinet approved various irrigation projects, including Babu Jagjivan Ram Uttharandhra Sujala Sravanthi for irrigating 8 lakh acres of land in North Andhra region. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 15389.80 Crore, Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah said.

The cabinet gave nod for constructing the Varikapudisila lift irrigation project in the Palanadu region with a budget of Rs 1273 Crore. As part of the Rayalaseema Drought Mitigation Project, the cabinet approved the works of 14 reservoirs and lift irrigation projects.

Other cabinet decisions

In order to boost aquaculture, the State will start Fisheries University in West Godavari district with a cost of Rs 300 Crore in the next five years. Cabinet also approved the allocation of land for two medical colleges. Around 51.07 acres of land has been allocated for the medical college at Bapatla, while 41.97 acres of land was allocated for medical college at Markapuram.

Further, the cabinet approved GO MS 80 for the establishment of AP State Development Corporation for planning and funding of State government’s welfare schemes like Nadu-Nedu, Cheyutha, Aasara, and Rythu Bharosa.

The State has extended the ban on Maoist Party and its frontal organizations by one year.

Divisional Development Officer Posts will be created for better functioning of the Village Secretariats.

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