G.V. Ramana Rao

Reservoirs in upper reaches of Krishna fill up; no improvement in water level at Prakasam Barrage

VIJAYAWADA: With the Srisailam reservoir, which is 98 per cent full, receiving over 2 lakh cusecs from projects upstream and the Tungabhadra tributary, Krishna Delta farmers can rest assured that sufficient water will be available for the standing crop this kharif.

The reservoirs in the upper reaches of Krishna have gradually filled up with the monsoon becoming active.

Though Nagarjunasagar, the last reservoir on the river, is just over half full, there is 120 tmcft available in Srisailam for irrigation. Srisailam, which is receiving copious flows from Jurala and Tungabhadra reservoirs, started releasing water to Nagarjunasagar. Though the heavy inflows may not make much difference to the volume of water in Nagarjunasagar, which does not have any water available for irrigation, the water in Srisailam will be more than enough completion of the kharif season.

The situation at Prakasam Barrage, however, continues to be pathetic with the level hovering between 9.5 ft and 10.5 ft., that is nearly two feet below the crest level of 12 ft. The Irrigation Department giving precedence to providing water to the delta farmers is diverting all the water received at the barrage into the canals irrigating the delta.

The Vijayawada Irrigation Circle authorities on Thursday released 7,000 cusecs into Krishna Eastern Main Canal, 6,600 cusecs into the Western Main Canal and 260 cusecs into the Guntur channel.