ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI- Elusive Fertiliser

ANDHRA Large Resource Gap BOTH needs and resources are constraints on the Rs 650-crorc draft Fourth Plan of Andhra Pradesh now ready for presentation to the Planning Commission, The resource gap is Rs 350 crores. There are, however, two cardinal factors which are against a smaller plan. First, the State Government is inescapably committed to spillover projects in irrigation and power. Second, the chronic drought areas cannot be neglected much longer. The completion of spill-over projects is necessary if only to -earn a return on the investment that has already been made. These projects include Nagarjuna- sagar (with an investment of nearly Rs 135 crores so far) which is 75 per cent complete, the Pochampad project, which is only one-third complete, the Srisailam hydel project which is 50 per cent complete and the final stages of Kothagudam and Ramagundam thermal projects and the Upper Sileru project which are well on their way to completion. If these projects are completed in the near future, they will substantially augment the infrastructure of agricultural and industrial development, provide a reliable base for rapid economic growth and operate as instruments for generation of further resources.

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