Krishna water likely to reach in two days

A.P. has released nearly 900 cusecs into Kandaleru-Poondi canal

Updated - February 07, 2019 07:29 am IST

Published - February 07, 2019 01:17 am IST - CHENNAI

Much needed relief:  Water may reach the inter-State border in Uthukottai on Thursday or Friday.

Much needed relief: Water may reach the inter-State border in Uthukottai on Thursday or Friday.

Krishna water, which is expected to reduce the city’s water scarcity, is likely to reach the State’s border in a day or two.

According to sources, the Andhra Pradesh government released nearly 900 cusecs of water into the Kandaleru-Poondi canal on Wednesday for irrigation purpose.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had recently announced that Krishna water would be released into the canal and steps were being taken to ensure that water reached Chittoor district soon.

A portion of the water discharged from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh is likely to reach the canal’s inter-State border in Uthukottai in Tiruvallur district on Thursday evening or Friday, PWD officials said.

It may recalled that representatives of five States — Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka — participated in a meeting held last month with the Central Water Commission to discuss water-sharing and allocation of water to Tamil Nadu.

As per the inter-State agreement, Chennai has to receive 4,000 million cubic feet between January and April under the Krishna Water Supply project.

To meet demand

The water release is crucial to boost resources ahead of peak summer demand as the drinking water supply has dropped to 550 million litres on alternate days.

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