Scarcity amid abundance

Published: 21st August 2012 01:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2012 01:49 PM   |  A+A-

 In an ironic twist, Andhra Pradesh has both scarcity and excess of water at the same time.

 On the one hand, Godavari is receiving huge inflows while on the other, there is a gradual decrease in the inflows into Krishna with little rainfall in its catchment areas.

 Because of this, there is no generation of power either at Nagarjuna Sagar or Srisailam dam.

 The Krishna delta farmers are worried over the prospects of khariff crop since transplantation is not yet over, though they are nearing the end of August.

 The Godavari is merging with the sea in huge volumes because of heavy rainfall in its catchment area in Maharashtra and floods in several districts have thrown life out of gear.

 In Karimnagar and Khammam districts, there are reports of flood water cutting off road transportation.

 In Adilabad, excess water from Kadem reservoir is being let out into the Godavari.

 The reservoir has filled up and the water level has reached 700 ft.

 People living in low lying areas have been alerted over possible inundation of their villages.

 In Adilabad district there has been no respite from rain in the last two days leading to water logging in major towns.

 The railway underbridge is inundated at Bellampally, coal production at Singareni Collieries too has been affected and streams and rivulets are flooded in Asifabad.

 In some areas, canoes are being used by the people for transportation.

 In Khammam district, Chikupalli drain is flooded at Vajepalli bridge, cutting off road transportation to several villages.

 In Charla and Venkatapuram villages, the overflow of drains is causing severe dislocation.

 Heavy Rain Predicted

The MET department has predicted heavy rainfall in coastal and Telangana districts.

 In Rayalaseema region, scattered rains can be expected due to a trough of low pressure area extending from Chattisgarh to Tamil Nadu.

 In a completely opposite case, inflows into the Krishna river have receded.

 There was some promise in the beginning of the month with the Narayanapur project in Karnataka releasing huge volumes of water downstream, but they have now stopped.

 There is an uncertainty over whether the farmers will be able to get water for paddy in Krishna delta extending over 2.

65 lakh acre.

 With the High Court directing the government to maintain 834 ft level at Srisailam and 510 ft at Nagarjuna Sagar, there are no outflows fromm either of the projects

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