Dry bed delays impounding water at Prakasam Barrage

The agonising wait of people for Krishna water is set to continue for a few days more. The Irrigation authorities have, no doubt, secured release of water from upstream Nagarjunasagar Project. But the dry bed and absence of the required pressure gradient to allow speedy flow of water are likely to delay the impounding at Prakasam Barrage.

A quantum of 4,000 cusecs has been released on Wednesday from the NSP and officials concerned averred that the quantum would be increased to 6,000 hereafter.

“Filling of drinking water tanks will not be possible till June 29 as it will take at least four days for the water to reach Prakasam Barrage,” a senior official said.

The Vijayawada Irrigation Circle authorities appeared to be geared up for releasing water to the Krishna Eastern and Western canals downstream the barrage as and when the water reaches here. On a trial basis, a quantity of 100 cusecs was released to both the canals this morning.

The release of water for “drinking purposes” comes at a time when farmers are anxiously awaiting water for raising the seed beds for kharif. The south west monsoon remained elusive to the farmers as there has been no rain, not even in scant quantity, more than two weeks past the time of the regular onset.

In jeopardy

The farming community is already in a jeopardy as uncertainty continues over the date from which the promised loan waiver would come into effect. The delay in the setting of the monsoon has only compounded their problems.

Meanwhile Krishna Joint Collector J. Murali said that about 3.5 tmcft water would be received from NSP over a week. The water should be used for the filling of 361 drinking water tanks in the district “without even a single drop being wasted”. He said the filling of the water tanks should be completed in ten days.

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