Poondi reservoir to get water today

K. Mrityunjaya Ram

Chennai water needs to be mitigated Chennai water needs to be mitigated

Krishna water will reach Uthukota village, which is 5 km away from the zero pointWater release will be maintained for two-three months at 1,000 cusecs

NELLORE: The citizens of Chennai have something to cheer about. Their drinking water needs will soon be mitigated, as the water released from the Kandaleru reservoir of Telugu Ganga project will reach the Poondi reservoir on Saturday evening.

"The Krishna water will reach Uthukota village, which is 5 km away from the zero point, around 5 p.m. on Saturday. Later, it will reach the Poondi reservoir, which is 25 km away from the village, through the Krishna canal," Superintendent Engineer (SE) of Telugu Ganga project (Nellore) C Rajagopala Reddy told The Hindu on Friday.

Water released on August 15

After suspending the ongoing Telugu Ganga canal lining works between Kandaleru and Poondi, water was released from the head regulator on August 15 in view of the low storage in reservoirs catering to the drinking water needs of Chennai.

The released water subsequently reached the pick-up balancing reservoir in a few minutes, which was later released to the Satya Sai Ganga Canal to reach the Poondi reservoir, the SE said. "We have stored 26.66 tmcft of water in the reservoir, in which 275 cusecs of water was first released on Tuesday. Later it was stepped up to 1,000 cusecs in a phased manner to reach the released water to the Poondi reservoir."

Moreover, the water release would be maintained for the next two to three months at 1,000 cusecs of water, which is the maximum canal carrying capacity of the neighbouring State, said another Irrigation Department official.

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