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 ject can be substantial. In the first phase it is estimated that more than 2 million acres of land will be brought under irrigation, producing about 8 to 10 lakh tonnes of foodgrains, particularly rice, and at the end of the second phase more than 3 million acres would be covered and the estimated additional production of foodgrains and other agricultural produce will be 12 to 15 lakh tonnes annually. The sanction of the second phase is, however, linked to a solution of the inter-State dispute over utilisation of the Krishna and Godavari waters. The Gulhati Commission, which inquired into the problem two years back, recommended that the availability of water in the Krishna for utilisation in the second phase of the project could be BOOK REVIEW decided only after necessary investigations had been made and data collected on the prospects of linking the two rivers and diverting the waters of the Godavari into the Krishna. The investigations are now in progress but this is a long-term project, involving many complicated issues yhich may take some years to be settled. In the meantime, there is no justification for any further delay in the completion of the first stage and full exploitation of the potential for additional production created by it. This would make a major contribution not only to the economic development of Andhra and to the increase in the State income but also to increasing the country's output of rice and thus meeting the requirements of deficit States like Kerala and West Bengal.

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