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The releases for KC Canal and the RDS, however, will be only for rabi with two wettings. The farmers of these two ayacuts have, therefore, been asked to go only for ID crops, preferably sunflower. Collectors of Kurnool and Mahabubnagar have been instructed to expedite distribution of seeds with 90 per cent subsidy for these ayacuts.
At a press-briefing later, the Major Irrigation Minister, K. Srihari, ruled out releases for Nandyal area from Srisailam on the ground that "the present strorage in the dam does not permit" that for now. Dispelling apprehensions coming from Telangana circles regarding the Left Bank Canal of Nagarjunasagar vis-a-vis the Right Bank Canal which was already flowing, the Minister said, this canal would also be opened "shortly" but this would be purely for meeting the drinking water needs of Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Khammam and other towns. This would be done as soon indents came from the collectors concerned indicating working-tables. About 50 tmcft was set aside in Srisailam-Nagarjunasagar system for drinking water needs.
Asked how heavy releases for Krishna delta was possible with poor storages in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar, the Mnister said, this was due to intermediary inflows coming from swollen Munneru river. As of now, 7,000 cusecs was going to the Eatern delta, 6,300 cusecs to Western Canal, 500 cusecs to Guntur Branch and 200 cusecs for lift irrigation schemes. He was hopeful that this windfall would continue for two more days. Afterwards, the discharge, however, would be maintained at around 7,000 cusecs as usual.
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