Andhra Pradesh Success Story
NAQUIM studies established Recharge potential - 3272 MCM in Anantapur, 1954 MCM in Chittoor and 1418 MCM in Prakasam districts.
In Anantapur district, 6235 structures (CD: 4733 and PT: 1502) are constructed without considering the availability of surplus run off.
In Prakasam district, Storage created through recharge structures is more than the surplus run off in 7 Mandals.
- In order to fill these structures 146 MCM of surface water to be brought from Handri Niva Sujala sravanthi (HNSS) surface water project.
The aquifer Management plans are prepared converging with Neeru Chettu (Water-Tree).
- It is recommended not to construct any new artificial recharge structures in these mandals.
Micro irrigation practices are recommended to bring 48200 ha of present irrigated land which can conserve 96.4 MCM of ground water in drought prone Anantapur district and 116 MCM in Chittoor district (through contemplated Handriniva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) Project. In Prakasam district, it is estimated that under contemplated Poola Subbaih Veligonda Project, 62504 ha of land can be brought under assured irrigation .
The NAQUIM studies established the suitability of the area for construction of farm ponds as best water conservation structures in these districts. Accordingly, it is recommended to construct 19280 farm ponds in Anantapur (Parts) district, 30340 farm ponds in Chittoor district and 1240 farm ponds in 62 villages only in Ardhaveedu, Cumbhum, Komarole and Peddaraveedu mandals of Prakasam district.
- In Anantapur district, 2.5 MCM to groundwater will be recharged which can bring additional 416 ha land under irrigation. In Chittoor district, 11.4 MCM to groundwater recharge can bring an additional 1900 ha land, In Prakasam district, ground water recharge of 3.1 MCM can bring additional/existing 1050 ha under tank ayacut.