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Krishna water likely to reach zero point next week

CHENNAI, JULY. 6. The Krishna water from the Kandaleru reservoir is expected to reach the zero point early next week, the Local Administration Minister, Mr. C. Durairaj, said today.

As much as 50 cusecs was released from the reservoir and this had to flow down more than 150 km to reach the zero point.

The water was likely to reach the zero point by July 10 or 11, officials said.

The Minister said the Metrowater was discussing the possibility of transporting the water from the zero point, factoring in the urgent needs of the city. Depending on the need, water would be either transported by tankers to the head works or let to flow through the channels.

He was speaking to presspersons after symbolically turning on the tap to convey water from the `Mettur' special at Villiwakkam.

Mr.Durairaj said all efforts were being made to ensure that the city received adequate water supply. More agricultural wells were being tapped and water was being transported from Erode and Mettur by rail and from Neyveli by road. ``Finally, we hope that the rain will arrive to help us out,'' he said.

Today, 487 tankers reached the city from Neyveli, taking the number of trips to 5273, since the commencement of the process. From Erode, 16 train loads have arrived in the city, each carrying 1.5 million litres.

With the arrival of the Mettur water to Chennai, the Metrowater has been able to meet the deadline set for bringing water from various sources - Neyveli, Erode and Mettur.

Officials said this was achieved against great odds and with the cooperation of many agencies such as the Railways, the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and the Mettur thermal power station.