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May 26, 2016
I would like to cite a old news related to Kondaveeti Vagu
Kondaveeti Vagu poses challenge for Capital
Every monsoon, the stream inundates causeways bringing vehicular traffic to standstill
Inundation is likely to be a problem in the new Capital city if the State government did not address the Kondaveeti vagu flood issue.
The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) authorities fear that frequent inundation due to the overflowing of local streams would be a big problem for the new Capital. Five streams originate in the upland areas and join Krishna River at various points.
Kondaveeti Vagu is among the stream that poses a challenge to the administrators in Capital city in the days to come, if proper plans are not put in place, sources say.
Villages like Mandadam get inundated by the storm water as nearly 4,000 to 5,000 cusecs of floodwater is recorded in Kondaveeti vagu every year. The stream passes through Achampeta, Tadikonda, Amaravathi and Mangalagiri mandals and merges into the Krishna River, upstream Prakasam Barrage.
For years, the overflowing Kondaveeti Vagu, originating from the Kondaveedu Hill Range, has been spreading havoc in Tadikonda and Amaravathi mandals. The quiet stream swells up when waters from medium drains upstream, including Ayanna Vagu, Pottela Vagu, Pala Vagu and etc flow into it.
As the waters flow dangerously above the numerous causeways on Amaravathi Road, traffic comes to a stand still on Guntur-Amaravathi road during peak monsoon.
The Singapore firm, which is preparing a master plan for new Capital, is laying emphasis on beautification of the stream, but did not take the perennial problem into account. The issue came up for discussion during a visit of the Singapore team recently.
The firm was asked to devise plans to ensure that the Capital would not face inundation problem, CRDA sources say.
Though the respective governments chalked out plans to modernise the stream, none of them were fruitful. The Kiran Kumar Reddy government (in combined Andhra Pradesh) had issued G.O (MS No. 445) giving administrative sanction for taking up the works. But, there has been hardly any progress.
“The problem continues to persist for the last 25 to 30 years. Precious little has been done on this front,” says farmer leader and former MP Yalamanchili Sivaji.
The planners were dependent on satellite images rather than ground realities. The whole problem lies there, he feels.
Sep 27, 2016
Plan to save Amaravati from Kondaveeti Vagu
TNN | Updated: Sep 26, 2016, 06.09 AM IST
HYDERABAD: With flood threat looming large over upcoming capital city Amaravati, theAndhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) has proposed to de-link notoriously hilly stream Kondaveeti Vagu from Guntur Channel in a bid to mitigate losses.
Kondaveeti Vagu that empties into river Krishna upstream of Prakasam barrage is linked to Guntur Channel, which is at a slightly higher plane.
Officials realised that separating Kondaveeti Vagu from Guntur Channel would prevent flooding of areas in the capital city to a large extent. They have also proposed to pump out water from the stream into the Krishna in case of a heavy flood discharge.
The APCRDA will submit the latest proposal to National Green Tribunal (NGT), which is hearing a batch of petitions related to the capital city. Guntur Channel supplies water to Guntur city and provides irrigation to about 23,000 acres in the district. The popular belief is that Guntur Channel draws water from the Prakasam barrage directly. In reality, Kondaveeti Vagu is the connecting link between Krishna river and Guntur Channel. There was no problem with the stream before the construction of the barrage. It began flooding the region after the barrage was constructed and was linked to Guntur Channel. The backwaters of Kondaveeti Vagu inundates large tracts of land. Even 20 mm rainfall leads to flooding.
On average 750 cusecs of water flows into Guntur Channel from Vagu daily. The APCRDA has proposed a new sluice at Prakasam barrage to delink the channel from Vagu. The project may not cost more than Rs 50 lakh.
Construction of a sluice will limit inundation to just 3,000 acres. Officials have also proposed diversion of flood water from Vagu to Krishna's western main canal. "In case of extreme floods both in the river and Vagu, flood water from the stream can be pumped into the barrage," said ISN Raju, a member of the expert committee on Kondaveeti Vagu.
APCRDA will argue before the NGT that Kondaveeti Vagu per se is not a problem and floods can be controlled by de-linking it from the Guntur Channel. The master plan for the capital city could not be completed with the flood management plan for Kondaveeti Vagu pending. APCRDA has started distribution of plots to participants of the land pooling scheme in some villages. Unless the flood management plan is ready, the APCRDA cannot go ahead with the construction of the capital city. It is also needed to lay roads.
The flood control plan was submitted to APCRDA's lawyers for submission before the NGT.
Jan 6, 2017