With no inflows into the Jurala project from the Narayanapur reservoir in Karnataka since February, the State government has requested Karnataka to release water to protect the standing crops and meet the drinking water requirements of the parched Mahbubnagar district.

As the situation is turning precarious, Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew wrote a letter to Karnataka Chief Secretary S. V. Ranganath on Friday.

The available water in Jurala reservoir at present is only about 1 tmc against the minimum summer requirement of 3 tmc both for drinking water purpose and to save the standing crops irrigated under the project.

Andhra Pradesh should normally have received inflows from Narayanapur reservoir after the Rabi crop requirement was met in Karnataka but there had been no inflows at all from February 20 onwards, Ms. Mathew said in her letter.

The present storage available in Narayanapur reservoir is about 18 tmc and if at least 3 tmc is released from Narayanapur reservoir through Krishna river, it will flow into Jurala project, which caters to the drinking water and irrigation needs of Mahbubnagar, a drought prone district and other areas.

With the failure of monsoon, drought conditions are prevailing in many parts of Andhra Pradesh, particularly the Krishna River basin which did not receive adequate inflows to meet the minimum demand in the State both for drinking water and irrigation purposes. The total inflow into Krishna river had been only 197 tmc against the normal average of 821 tmc, she said.

The Chief Minister, who could not write to his Karnataka counterpart in view of the model code of conduct due to elections, directed the Mahbubnagar Collector and irrigation officials to constitute teams to utilise every drop of water in Jurala to save standing crops.

As the situation is turning precarious, Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew writes a letter to Karnataka Chief Secretary S. V. Ranganath