Third Phase of Flood Protection Wall for Krishna River Soon

WD News: The third phase of constructing flood protection wall for the Krishna river in Vijayawada has been sanctioned by the state government. The contract has taken up by Kadapa based VSS constructions company. This Rs 120 crore project is expected to complete in less than two years and will be constructed from Padmavathi Ghat to Kanaka Durga Varadhi about 1.2 km long with a height of 8.9 metres.

The people living at low-lying areas, used to face the flood threats whenever there was a flood warning sign at Prakasam barrage. After constructing the final phase, the people will no longer face any inundation threats. The first phase of the retaining wall is 2.28 km long and the second phase wall is 1.56 km in length. The total 3.7 km wall from Kanaka Durga Varadhi to Yanamalakuduru was constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 250 crore.

Though the water resources department used to give flood warnings, people in the low-lying areas were fearful about losing their property and often ignored the threats. The previous government constructed a 2.28 km long retaining wall between Ramalingeswar Nagar. But the other low-lying areas were not covered. That is why the government sanctioned the third phase.

The foundation stone for the second phase of 1.56 km flood protection wall between Koti Nagar and Tarakarama Nagar was laid in March 2021. The project was taken up at a cost of Rs 125 crore and was completed in a record time giving relief to nearly 31,000 residents in the region.

“With tenders finalised, the work of the project will commence shortly. Though a period of two years is required for completion, we are expecting it to complete by the next flood season,” said S Tirumala Rao, Superintendent Engineer (Water resources), Vijayawada circle.

The flood retaining wall will ease the financial pressure on Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) in which the corporation used to spend money for relief and rehabilitation during the floods.

Source & image courtesy: The New Indian Express

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