The discharged 200 cusecs of Krishna Water from the Kandaleru reservoir in Andhra Pradesh on Monday will trickle down to the zero point of the Kandaleru-Poondi canal at Oothukottai in the next one or two days, according to Water Resources Department officials.
Water was initially expected to reach the zero point by Friday evening or Saturday morning but it has been delayed by one or two days as the flow is slow. A clearer picture will emerge only on Saturday, WRD sources told Express. The water will provide relief to the parched city which was staring at a crisis as reservoirs in the city nearly dried up.
Water Resources department officials told Express that the state was expected to get 800 cusecs of water a day from Kandaleru reservoir and this could gradually be increased to 1,000 cusecs. Krishna water supply to the city was stopped on April 10 to facilitate repair work on the damaged portion of the Kandaleru Poondi canal at Ubbalamadugu in AP.
Now, the city has 1.4 tmc feet of water of which 0.8tmc feet is dead storage. As such the city only has 0.6 tmc feet of water to cater to Chennai’s thirst before the arrival of north-east monsoon. As per an interstate agreement reached in 1976, TN is eligible for 15tmcft of water between April and June under the Telugu Ganga project.