The waterway was in use during the British rule and reviving it would help in development of inland water transport in the nation, which will boost trade, he said.
    
The Minister was speaking at`Janmabhooi Mavuru' programme at Veeravaram in East Godavari district.
    
"The State Government was keen on reviving and developing Buckingham Canal for water transport to Chennai and from Kakinada as a national project with cooperation from the Centre," Ramakrishnudu said.
    
The State's coastal corridor, spread over 1,000km would also be developed, he said.
    
Ramakrishnudu said the bifurcation has adversely affected Andhra Pradesh. However, despite the split, the Government would judiciously utilize the available resources like minerals and ports and transform AP into a 'golden' state, where poverty will cease to exist.
    
He said the Government would release Rs 1,600 crore for infrastructure development in rural and urban areas.
    
Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa was also present at the event.

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