Release Kandaleru water from July 1

State government writes to Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has to provide 8 thousand million cubic feet of water between July and October

Officials also plan to visit Andhra Pradesh requesting discharge of Krishna water

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday wrote to Andhra Pradesh seeking release of water from the Kandaleru reservoir from July 1 to offset the depleting resources in the reservoirs that supply to Chennai.

According to sources in the Water Resources Department, Tamil Nadu requested for release of the water as per the agreement between the two States under the Krishna water supply project. Andhra Pradesh has to provide 8 thousand million cubic feet of water between July and October.

A team of WRD officials also plan to visit Andhra Pradesh requesting discharge of Krishna water. The inter-State border of Kandaleru Poondi canal received 2.87 tmcft of water between February and April this year.

Combined storage

Officials of the Chennai Metrowater said the combined storage of the four reservoirs – Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam – stood at 4.6 tmcft, which is only 43 per cent of their total capacity.

However, the Metrowater is able to manage the daily supply of 650 million litres a day with additional resources from Veeranam lake. The waterbody has 700 million cubic feet against its capacity of 1,465 mcft, which is a better storage compared to last year.

The recent showers were also favourable in reducing the evaporation loss in the reservoirs. Normally, about 30 mcft of water daily is lost due to evaporation and drawal. But, it was reduced to 20 mcft this month owing to showers, an official said.

With the available resources, the Metrowater would be able to sustain water supply till October. The release of Krishna water would help in stepping up the water storage, the official said.

K. Lakshmi – From THE HINDU

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