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

Krishna water to come Chennai next week

HYDERABAD/CHENNAI: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that it would release Krishna water for Chennai from September 15. Water from the Kandaleru reservoir in Nellore district, about 200 km north of Chennai, would be released to the Satyamurti Sagar in Poondi through the Kandaleru-Poondi Canal.

This decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah in Hyderabad. Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah said it was taken on the basis of a request from the Tamil Nadu government. His government would meet its commitment in full, but over two or three spells as was done in the previous years.

The Telugu Ganga canal originates from the Srisailam dam and reaches Poondi after covering a distance of 408 km and crossing three major reservoirs, including Kandaleru. The Srisailam reservoir is now nearly full while Kandaleru has a storage of 22 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft).

The announcement has enthused officials of the Tamil Nadu Water Resource Department (WRD) and Chennai Metrowater in view of the declining storage in the reservoirs catering to the city’s needs. On Tuesday, the combined storage was about 2.7 tmcft against the capacity of 11.057 tmcft. On the corresponding day last year, the storage was about 3.9 tmcft. Given the present level of drawal, the storage can last a couple of months.

M. Malleswara Rao and T. Ramakrishnan from THE HINDU