Tamil Nadu seeks Krishna water release to quench Chennai
He wrote: ''...We depend on the release of Krishna water from the Kandaleru Reservoir to partly tide over the drinking water supply to Chennai City till July 2017."
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday urged his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu to take steps for the immediate release of water from Krishna river to address water crisis in Chennai.
In a letter to Naidu, a copy of which was released to the media, he said, "I write seeking your urgent personal intervention for the release of Krishna Water to meet the drinking water supply to Chennai City which is facing an acute shortage in the reservoirs."
Eenadu India reported that Pannnerselvam pointed out that as per the inter-state agreement dated 18.4.1983, signed between the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, an annual quantum of 12 tmcft (excluding evaporation loss), shall be realised at the Tamil Nadu border, by release of water from Kandaleru reservoir to meet the drinking water needs of Chennai City, in two spells.
"Normally, 8 tmcft of water is to be supplied between July and October and another 4 tmcft from January to April. However, a quantum of only 0.99 tmcft has been realised at the Tamil Nadu border in the period from October to December 2016," he said.
He further said; "As you are aware, Tamil Nadu and Chennai city are primarily dependent on the North-East monsoon for bulk of the rainfall. This year, the North-East monsoon has been highly deficient in Tamil Nadu. Rainfall in Chennai is deficient by nearly 57%. The water level in Chennai’s drinking water reservoirs is very low and the meagre storage currently available needs to be augmented to meet the drinking water supply requirements of the city over the next few months. Therefore, we depend on the release of Krishna water from the Kandaleru Reservoir to partly tide over the drinking water supply to Chennai City till July 2017."
"I am given to understand that as on 5.1.2017, Kandaleru Reservoir has a storage of 13.53 tmcft. Therefore, Andhra Pradesh appears to be in a position to release water from Kandaleru Reservoir for Chennai city. In the circumstances, I request you to kindly instruct the officials to ensure the immediate release of the agreed quantum of water from Kandaleru Reservoir for being realised at the Tamil Nadu border," he said, adding: "I look forward to your immediate reply in the matter."