Telugu Ganga water released into reservoir

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AT FULL SPEED: Water is gushing swiftly towards Chennai near Srikalahasti in Chittoor district.
AT FULL SPEED: Water is gushing swiftly towards Chennai near Srikalahasti in Chittoor district.

A.D. Rangarajan

State reacts to the plea of Tamil Nadu Government to release water into three tanks

  • Water will also be let into Red Hills and Cholavaram tanks
  • Gates of Telugu Ganga opened on Monday

    TIRUPATI: Five days after Minister for Major Irrigation Ponnala Lakshmaiah formally opened the gates to release Telugu Ganga into Poondi reservoir situated on the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, Krishna water is gushing with full speed.

    The State Government promptly reacted to the plea of its Tamil Nadu counterpart represented its Ministers K. Ponmudi and M.K. Stalin recentlyfor release of Telugu Ganga water into three major tanks on the outskirts of Chennai. As of now, water is being let into the Poondi reservoir.

    Once it is filled, the water will be released into Red Hills and Cholavaram tanks which may take two months to fill them to the brim.

    The flow of water was initially 1,450 cusecs, but due to a minor seepage that developed in the canal on Monday, which was immediately plugged with the help of sand-filters, the level was pegged at a rate of 900 cusecs a day. On Thursday, the level was maintained at 1,000 cusecs, according to . Chief Engineer of Telugu Ganga's Srikalahasti Circle V. Prabhakar Rao.

    Meanwhile, water level tood at 73.73 metres in Kandaleru reservoir.The reservoir has been getting a meagre 30 cusecs despite flooding in upper reaches.

    Irrigation purpose

    Besides meeting the drinking water requirements of Chennai metropolis, the Telugu Ganga project was envisaged to meet the irrigation needs of 3 lakh acres in parts of Chittoor and Nellore districts.

    However, only 30,000 acres of farmland has been getting water. Last year, farmers of Srikalahasti created trouble by diverting water to their fields from the canal while no such untoward incident has been reported so far this year.

    The decision to provide water to Chennai on the latter's request has forced the department to stop lining works on the canal. Officials will have to wait for four more months to resume the work.

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