"The state government is now resolved to complete all the pending projects including Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari, Tadipudi - all these small or medium ones, which would come to about Rs 15,000 crore all put together", said Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications) to the state government.

"In the next one year or so, if we really concentrate and pump in the required Rs 15,000 crore, we shall be able to complete all these projects. We are not talking about the big ones (projects)", he added.

The completion of the pending small or medium projects by mobilising the Rs 15,000 crore would help in a big way in making the state drought-proof, he said.

"The challenge before the Andhra Pradesh government is how to mobilise the Rs 15,000 crore, so that in next one or one-and-half year, we shall be able to complete this", Prabhakar cited.
The government is hoping to mobilise about Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 9,000 crore through the sale of rare wood red sanders (which grows mainly in the Chittoor and Kadapa districts of the state) and mineral barites in the next one to two years, he also added.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government would like to pursue with the Centre for early completion of the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project by 2018, he said.

The project has been accorded national status by the Centre as per the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act.

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