Chennai to get Krishna water before mid-June | Chennai News


CHENNAI: The city’s water supply is set to be augmented, with Krishna water from neighbouring Andhra expected to reach zero point in Tamil Nadu within the next10 days.
A senior public works department (PWD) official said the Andhra Pradesh government had agreed to release water but, was yet to finalise the date. “We expect it to happen between June10 and15. A week later, water will reach zero point and subsequently to the Poondi reservoir,” said one official.
At present, officials in that state have blocked the flow from the Kandaleru reservoir at the state border itself, diverting it for farmers there.
The Kandaleru reservoir now has 45 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) against the full capacity of 68 tmcft, a comfortable level that allows the state to release water to Tamil Nadu, said the official.
With the flow in the Krishna water canal stopped, PWD authorities in TN have taken up repairing certain portions of the canal that were damaged after the rain last year. They had identified an 8 km stretch along which the repairs need to be undertaken.
With more than 25% of the repair work completed, the rest will be put on hold once the water is released. A senior official said: “Before the release of water from Kandaleru reservoir, we hope to complete nearly 50% of the work. The rest will be completed later.”
The Poondi reservoir in Tiruvallur district, one of the five supplying Chennai city, is the culminating point for Krishna river water before it flows through an open canal into the reservoir at Red Hills. At present, the Poondi reservoir has 413 mcft (million cubic feet) of water, which is 12.78% of the total capacity of 3,231 mcft.
The arrival of Krishna water will be a boon and it can be stored in Poondi reservoir, without much difficulty, added PWD officials.

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