Krishna water reaches Tamil Nadu border

City reservoirs may receive a boost, as Krishna water, released from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh, reached the inter-State border in Uthukottai, Tiruvallur district, in the early hours of Friday.

Initially, about 100 cusecs was realised at the State-limit, which later doubled to nearly 200 cusecs by 6 p.m., at the zero point of the Kandaleru-Poondi canal.

Water Resources Department officials said the Kandaleru reservoir now has a storage of 12.6 thousand million cubic feet (tmc).

This enabled Andhra Pradesh authorities to discharge nearly 1,200 cusecs into the 152-km-long KP canal on Friday.

Krishna water is expected to reach the Poondi reservoir by Saturday morning. The water from the neighbouring State is significant, as water level in Chennai’s four major waterbodies is at a low ebb.

Recalling that the Andhra Pradesh authorities had promised to release nearly 2 tmc of Krishna water in October, an official said, “We need to get 500 cusecs daily, to realise 2 tmc in 45 days. Andhra Pradesh assured us that the water release will be stepped up in a few days.”

The city had earlier received 2 tmc of Krishna water between January and March this year, bridging the gap between demand and supply then. Chennai Metrowater is now supplying 675 million litres of water on alternate days. The water agency plans to manage the water supply till the onset of the northeast monsoon, with Krishna water available to augment storage in the city’s reservoirs.

Meanwhile, residents of few areas in city are already feeling the pinch of scarce resources. R. Padma, a resident of Anna Nagar Western Extension, said drinking water supply was stopped three days ago in parts of Anna Nagar western extension, including TVS Colony and Officers Colony. While some residents depend on groundwater, they also purchase tanker water. But, other parts receive water supply.

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