The State Government has decided to release water from Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) right canal on January 11 to save standing crops following intense pressure from farmers and Opposition parties.

The Government had committed itself late last year to giving priority to irrigated dry crops in the wake of farmers’ demand that water should be released into the NS canals urgently to save crops.

The decision taken by the Government (on Thursday) is being welcomed but a clear picture is yet to emerge on the quantity (of water) that was planned to be released.

Water has so far been released in small quantities on a piece-meal basis on the ground that NSP had insufficient storage and it was strongly objected by the farmers.

The Government’s decision will prevent withering of crops in lakhs of farmers in Guntur and Prakasam districts.