The releases from both Alamatti and Tungabhadra reservoirs, which are full, are also reducing.

The inflows to the tail pond of Prakasam Barrage have dropped below the 10,000 cusecs mark causing worry to the Irrigation officials and farmers alike.

The hue and cry being raised by leaders of different political parties, including the ruling Congress party demanding the release of water from Nagarjunasagar has become a routine affair.

The State Government, while assuring the farmers that their interests would be protected and that the standing crop would not be allowed to wither away, is waiting for the court to take a decision.

Prakasam Barrage received an inflow of 9,000 cusecs on Monday.

The Vijayawada Irrigation Circle authorities said that 5,200 cusecs of the water received by the barrage was released to Krishna Eastern Delta (Krishna and West Godavari districts), 3,600 cusecs into the Western Delta (Guntur and Prakasam districts) and 300 cusecs to Guntur Channel.

The discharge from rivulets and streams that join Krishna river downstream Nagarjunasagar has come down to zero.

According to the inflows from the upper reaches of the river, Srisailam, that has the capacity to hold 97 tmcft more water (full capacity 264 tmcft, on Monday 167 tmcft) got filled at the rate of about 10 tmcft for the past four days.

The releases from both Alamatti and Tungabhadra reservoirs, which are full, are also reducing.

The water level of Srisailam is 10 feet above the minimum drawdown level (MDDL) of 854 ft.

There is 37 tmcft that can be released from Srisailam without the violation of the court stay which stipulates that water should not be released below the MDDL.

Similarly, 2.7 tmcft is available in Nagarjunasagar reservoir.

The State Government should not have any problem to release water from the reservoirs, but doing so on time is crucial for the standing crop, irrigation officials said.

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