Tentatively, release of water is set for December 30

Repairs to Yeleru canal, one of the main sources of water to the city for its domestic and industrial use, have almost been completed.

The repairs took more than five weeks and the supply from the canal will be restored after verification of the work done. Tentatively the date for release of water has been set as December 30.

The torrential rain in the last week of October had swollen the Yeleru canal causing several breaches to it the major one being near Anakapalle. A total of 18 breaches have occurred to plug which nearly Rs.3 crore has been spent. With the work almost complete, it is now ready for operation again.

Municipal Commissioner M. V. Satyanarayana said de-silted stacks have been measured and listed on the basis of which payment would be recommended. Besides, third party verification would be taken up by a team from GVMC and one of the consultants of the corporation, Mr. Satyanarayana said.

The 156-km Yeleru canal had breached at a total of 18 points. The major ones occurred near Narsipatnam, about 60 to 70 meters, Golugondapeta, Anakapalle, 12 Km and Kanithi Balancing Reservoir. Other breaches occurred at Lankelapalem, Sarabhavaram, Bojjanakonda and Tallapalem.

Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy who inspected the canal on Tuesday said 100 cusecs would be released on December 30 after which another 50 cusecs would be released.

He said during the period the repairs were carried out water was not drawn from Yeleru canal. The 25 mgd required for domestic supply is being drawn from the Meghadrigedda reservoir. The steel plant needs are being met from KBR which has adequate water.

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