Official apathy hits Gundlamotu project works
Giddalur: It was a small project in Giddalur mandal of western area in Prakasam district.
If completed, it would be able to supply water for 2,500 acres for agriculture needs, drinking water for 14 villages, boosts up the ground water level and fills up thousands of bore wells in the area.
It is Gundlamotu Project, under construction and reconstruction for the past 40 years in the Nallamala forest at 6 kilometers from Diguvametta village in Giddalur mandal.
The western area of Prakasam district is dry and has no water source except to depend on rains.
But the cyclone that hit the area in 1979, breached the project by nearly 50 feet and the machinery was also washed away with the water.
Again in 1986, the government started reconstruction of the breached part with Rs 30 lakh budget.
But the 1987 cyclone breached the project again for 40 feet.
In 1993, the government sanctioned Rs 60 lakh and repaired it.
The government also proposed to construct a pickup anicut, at 2kilometers down the project and two canals, left and right to it are proposed to supply water to the tanks in villages like Telakapalli, Venkatapuram, Uyyalawada, Krishtamsetty Palle, etc, and supply water for irrigation.
Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, R Venkateswarlu, DEE of Giddalur said, “We are constructing the pickup anicut on war footing and the project will be completed within 3 months.