AP releases Krishna water to TN

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Tiruvallur, Sep 17 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Government today released Krishna water to Tamil Nadu under the Telugu Ganga Project.

Talking to newspersons on the occasion here, Tamil Nadu Public Works Minister Duraimurugan said presently 400 cusecs of water was being released from the Kandaleru Reservior. It would be stepped up to 1,000 cusecs and to 1,500 cusecs later, he said.

The water would reach Tamil Nadu after two days.

Under the agreement, eight TMC ft water would have to be released between July and October and between January and in April another four TMC ft would be released.

To a question on encroachments in the catchment areas, the minister said eviction was on in these areas and the government was also taking steps to rehabilitate the displaced, though the process would take some time.

Stating that linking of rivers in the state was initiated by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, he said as part of the first phase, tenders had been completed for constructing a barrage linking Cauvery and Kundaru rivers at a cost of Rs 165 crore.

Tenders for the Thamirabarani-Karumeni river linking project at a cost of Rs 363 crore were yet to be invited, while the government planned to link Sathaiyar and Cheyyar rivers next year, the minister added.

Local Administration Minister M K Stalin, who was also present, said Chennai Metro would not face water scarcity till next year.

Presently, the reservoirs of Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam have a total storage of 3,689 million cusecs of water, he added.

The Ministers earlier oversaw the repair works of the Telugu Ganga canal between Thamarakuppam and Poondi in the state. The construction of the 160 km canal in Andhra Pradesh, 25.27 km of which is in Tamil Nadu, was funded by Sri Sathya Sai Trust.

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