Chennai: Krishna water supply resumes

Inter-State border to realise water today

900 cusecs discharged from Kandaleru reservoir into the canal around 6 p.m.

500 cusecs already being released into canal for Tirupati, Srikalahasti

CHENNAI: After a gap of over a month, Krishna water supply to Chennai resumed on Saturday.

This follows the recent visit by a team of officials from the Water Resources Department to Andhra Pradesh.

Nearly 900 cubic feet per second (cusecs) was discharged from the Kandaleru reservoir into the canal around 6 p.m.

As the canal bed was wet, Uthukottai, the inter-State border in Tamil Nadu, would realise water quicker without much seepage by Sunday. From there, water has to travel another 25 km to reach Poondi reservoir, the storage point.

According to WRD officials, 500 cusecs was already being released into the Kandaleru-Poondi canal for supply to Tirupati and Srikalahasti.

The discharge was stepped up by another 400 cusecs to cater to Chennai’s water needs.

“The authorities concerned in the neighbouring State have assured us that the water release will be increased by 300 cusecs on Sunday,” an official said.

The supply was disrupted in mid-December due to the turmoil over the Telangana issue and maintenance work of canal.

The city had received 4.1 tmcft of Krishna water between September and December last year.

Krishna water supply was much-awaited in the wake of depleting resources at the four city reservoirs in Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam. The combined storage of the reservoirs stood at 6,866 million cubic feet (mcft) against their full capacity of 11,057 mcft.

The reservoirs had storage of 9,025 mcft during the same period last year.

From THE HINDU

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