Tamil Nadu State government sought more water from Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh to meet Chennai’s drinking water requirements. It witnessed a deficient North-East monsoon, failing to fill up the city reservoirs, resulting in drinking water scarcity.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday requested his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu to release water from the Krishna river.
In a letter to Mr Naidu, Panneerselvam 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.”
“As you are aware, Tamil Nadu and Chennai city are primarily dependent on the North-East monsoon for a bulk of its rainfall. This year, the North-East monsoon has been highly deficient in Tamil Nadu. Rainfall in Chennai city is deficient by nearly 57 percent,” he said.
The water level in Chennai’s reservoirs is very low and the “meagre storage” currently available needs to be augmented to meet drinking water supply requirements of the city over the next few months, Panneerselvam said.
“Therefore, we depend on the release of Krishna water from the Kandaleru reservoir to partly tide over the drinking water supply to Chennai till July, 2017. Chennai city is critically dependent on the release of Krishna water, to manage the difficult situation in which we find ourselves this year,” he said.
As per an agreement between the two states, AP is supposed to release 12 tmcft of water from Kandaleru reservoir between July and October and 4 tmcft between January and April to its southern neighbour every year.