HYDERABAD: The drinking water needs of Hyderabad, and Guntur and Prakasam districts can be met from Krishna river till the end of this month with the Krishna River Management Board releasing water on Thursday night from Srisailam for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The KRMB on Thursday ordered release of 2 tmcft of water —1 tmcft each —for TS and AP for drinking water needs till July 31. According to sources, the irrigation ministers and secretaries of both the states were in touch over phone and decided to draw 1 tmcft for each state.
For AP requirements, 1 tmcft water will be released to NS Right Canal from Srisailam, which is about 0.7 tmcft net at NSP. It means about 4,000 cusecs per day from July 15 to July 17.
For Telangana requirements, HMWS&SB and AMRP, 1ft tmc water will be released at Srisailam, which is about 0.7 tmcft net at NSP. It will be 500 cusecs per day from July 13 to July 31. These releases for the two states’ requirements include transmission losses from Srisailam to NSP and evaporation losses at NSP.
According to the KRMB’s order, the transmission losses during flow from NSP to Srisailam are assessed at about 12 per cent (0.34 tmcft) and the evaporation losses at NSP between July 13 and July 31 at about 0.360 tmcft (an average of about 230 cusecs per day) totalling 0.60 tmcft. The above losses shall be shared in proportion to drawl by each state.
The KRMB warned that in case grievances were received from the states over non-implementation of its water release order by relevant authorities of Srisailam and NSP projects, the board, being an autonomous body under the control of the Union ministry of water resources, may be constrained to report against them directly, without any prior intimation, to the ministry unless there was clear-cut data.