Krishna water flow to city resumes

PWD sources told Express the discharge of Krishna water from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh was halted on July 16 due to leakages.

Published: 18th July 2013 07:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2013 07:44 AM   |  A+A-


After the supply of Krishna Water was hit for the last three days due to leakages in the Kandaleru-Poondi canal at Ubbalamadugu, the Andhra Pradesh government’s Irrigation and Command Area Development has re-laid the concrete.

PWD sources told Express the discharge of Krishna water from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh was halted on July 16 due to leakages.

It has been resumed at 9 am on Wednesday after the concrete was re-laid. PWD officials supervised the work, an official said. “300 cusecs of water was released,” the official added.

Since July 1, when Krishna water was released from Kandaleru reservoir, several problems were encountered. First there was a delay in the water reaching the zero point and officials had to plug leaks. Then the water took a long time to reach Poondi reservoir, which was attributed to presence of siphons that convey water across a natural depression under a road or under a canal, in Alikudi Odai and Rajan Odai. It was only on July 13 that officials realised that leaks in the Kandaleru-Poondi canal at Ubbalamadugu was the main cause for water trickling into Poondi. Water supply from Kandaleru was stopped and the concrete was re-laid.

“Henceforth, there won’t be any problem. The water is expected to reach Zero Point on Thursday,” he said.

His statement comes as Metro Water is struggling to maintain supply to the city. Even Red Hills reservoir is on the verge of drying up and Metro Water is taking up contingency measures to ensure supply of water. “The water level is nearing dead storage and we are taking measures to channel water in the dam to the drawing area for supply,” a Metro Water official said.

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