Vijayawada: The Krishna delta may get water after three days. Already 9 tmcft of water has been released from Srisailam following the orders from the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). Of the total 9 tmcft water allocated to both Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh will get nearly 6 tmcft water.
According to the officials, Krishna and Guntur districts will share 2 tmcft water each and 1 tmcft is likely to stored at Prakasam barrage. The remaining 1 tmcft is likely get wasted due to evaporation and general loss.
People in all the tail end areas in Krishna district and several mandals in Guntur district are eagerly waiting for the release of water to overcome the drinking water crisis.
Following request from the AP and Telangana state governments, the KRMB allowed release of 9 tmcft water from the Srisailam project. The AP government made repeated requests to the KRMB on release of the water to meet the drinking water needs of the delta. Nearly 300 villages in 60 mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts are facing acute drinking water crisis and in such a situation, the KRMB allowed the release of water from the dead storage-level.
The Krishna district irrigation department is making arrangements to release water to the canals in Krishna delta after three days. The irrigation officials estimate that it would take nearly three days for the water to reach Prakasam barrage from Srisailam. Irrigation SE Chowdary said water would be shared between the districts, as per guidelines.
Officials of the NTTPS, Kondapalli, are also eagerly waiting for the water as they facing hardship in power generation due to hassles in getting water from river Krishna....