Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman has assured farmers of Kolleru, India's biggest fresh water lake located between the Krishna and Godavari deltas, that a detailed report will be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after getting survey report of the expert committee. The committee is now touring each and every village in the vicinity of the lake seeking suggestions from people's representatives, including State Minister Kamineni Srinivas, MP Gokaraju Ganga Raju and former MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao.
Optimum holding capacity:- In an interactive session held here on Friday with the farmers, Ms. Sitharaman said the Kolleru issue has been pending for a long time, experts like Andhra University former Rector and Kolleru Project protection committee coordinator P. Rajendra Prasad said in their recent meeting in Vizag that a boundary at the five-foot contour of Kolleru lake was the best way to ensure optimum holding capacity and minimise the flood impact. She said that some other suggestions made by experts include ensuring inflows into the lake, which have balanced the reservoir's character, identifying sources of pollution and treat them at entry level, sluice gates to be constructed across the two outlets to monitor and control sea water inflow during tidal fluctuations and expected rainfall events, etc.
Dr. Srinivas said that the lake, which has an original area of 1,000 square kilometres, shrunk to around 270 square km mostly after aquaculture was taken up on a large-scale a few decades ago. The number of migratory birds from Siberia came down drastically. Mr. Sambasiva Rao said that he had taken farmers to Delhi many a time to find a solution and hoped that Mr. Modi will give right solution with the help of Ms. Sitharaman.