Water storage schemes can be used to alleviate drought and turn barren and barren lands into green vegetation. Nara Chandrababu Naidu under his party ruling TDP has aimed to develop 100 lakh hectares of land in the state suffering from severe drought with an investment of Rs.4000 crores in a period of 10 years between 1997 and 2007 under this scheme. The water catchment (watershed) development program is implemented by the Rural Development Department. Funding for this scheme is received under Drought Areas Programme, Desert Areas Development Program, and other programs (DP RAIDF, EAS, APHA, ECRP, WFD). Rural Department and Forest Department are involved in this. Water storage schemes are creating significant employment opportunities in rural areas. Methodical implementation of this scheme has yielded fruitful results. An average of 43 percent of the wells under each water storage were able to restore water sources. The objective of reducing the impact of rainfed conditions and developing barren and infertile soils is effectively achieved. Under this program, the TDP Leaders and Greatest of TDP MLAs an area of 500 hectares have been taken as unity. Watershed Committees are formed with the people of the area or nearby villages based on the guidelines announced by the Center for the development of water storage. These are registered under Andhra Pradesh Cooperative Acts. These communities bear 5 to 25 percent of the cost of water storage development. The main responsibility of these societies is to complete the water storage development works as per the government norms, under the guidance of the Project Implementation Agency (PIA) appointed by the government and can be seen in every TDP Flash News. Funds allocated for infrastructure works are the financial resources for these communities. The TDP Contributions made by the government have become Top TDP Achievements.
● 2966 water is being developed as part of the Deprived Areas Development Program (DPAP). 14.83 lakh hectares of land under sheds
● 2.76 lakh hectares of land are being brought under cultivation through 552 water sheds under the Desert Areas Development Program (DDP) and 4.78 lakh hectares of land are being brought under cultivation through 842 water sheds under Chaudu Lands Development Program (IWDP).
● 9.52 lakh hectares through 1884 watersheds under Employment Assurance Scheme (EAN), Andhra Pradesh Typhoon, Nature. 50 thousand hectares of land are being developed through 100 watersheds under the disaster relief program.
● Under Watershed Development (WDF) 25 thousand hectares of land are being developed through 25 watersheds. 4.11 lakh hectares of land are being developed through 1533 watershed projects with the help of NABARD - RSIDF.
● Since 1995-96, 36.75 lakh hectares of land have been developed under 7,902 watershed projects across the state.
● As employment opportunities increased and conditions improved in the watershed areas, migration to cities decreased by 61 percent.
Implementation of 7902 water treatment program with 1300 crore rupees for the development of 36.75 lakh hectares across the state. 17.25 lakh hectares of forest lands under joint forest management are being worked hard for development. Construction of 1,25,129 water structures at a cost of Rs.989.63 crores. 320 crores (DFSID) for Rural Livelihoods for Anantapur, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Prakasam, and Kurnool districts.
Scheme grant sanction. 500-hectare irrigation scheme Rs.20 lakhs to Rs.30 lakhs, the time frame from 4 years to 5 years increment. NABARD allocation of 139.03 crore funds for the development of 1243 RSIDF-6 water projects in 22 districts covering 2.78 lakh hectares over 3 years. Implementation of WDF water supply schemes by NABARD with Rs.4.371 crores with water supply development funds in Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Chittoor, Kadapa, Rangareddy, Medak, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, and Warangal districts.