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Supply of Krishna water to Chennai city likely to be delayed

K. Lakshmi

CHENNAI: Krishna water to the city from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh is likely to be delayed, as the authorities concerned in the neighbouring State are yet to take a decision on the date of the release.

A team of officials from the Water Resources Department (WRD) met their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh recently seeking water release in view of the depleting resources in the four reservoirs – Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarampakkam – which meet the city's water requirement.

Committee

According to WRD sources, the State-level committee in Andhra Pradesh, which has been constituted for deciding on water distribution is considering various factors. They include measures needed to prevent illegal tapping of water bound for the city.

On Friday, the storage level in the Kandaleru reservoir was 40.72 thousand million cubic feet, against its full capacity of 68 tmcft. The storage, according to WRD officials, is enough to release water to Chennai.

Agreement

As per the agreement between the two States, nearly 4 tmcft should be released during January and April under the Krishna water supply project.

The release of water, for the July-October period, was delayed last year.

The Andhra Pradesh government had discharged water only from October, but continued supply till January-end this year.

Chennai realised nearly 4.6 tmcft. This possibly is also a reason for the time taken to release the water now, the officials said.

Chennai received its highest quantum from Andhra Pradesh in 2009-10 – 7.01 tmcft – in two spells between September and December 2009 and February and April 2010. Since 1996, the city has so far received nearly 50 tmcft from the neighbouring State, according to WRD statistics.

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