Hyderabad: Continuing with their efforts to resolve inter-State issues in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the Chief Ministers of the two Telugu States will take stock of the water storage levels in the common irrigation projects soon before they take a call on release of water from Srisailam reservoir to Nagarjuna Sagar Project.
Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, and his AP counterpart, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, will soon have a review meeting on the water storage in the common projects on Krishna, Chief Engineer of Srisailam project B Narayan Reddy told Telangana Today. A decision on the release of water to the Nagarjuna Sagar Project would be taken at the Chief Ministers’ level after the return of Jaganmohan Reddy from his visit to Israel.
Srisailam has been receiving about 20 tmc of water a day from the upstream projects and as per the CWC forecast, it is likely to get inflows of 2 lakh cusecs to 2.5 lakh cusecs for another three days. While Srisailam project is under the operative control of Andhra Pradesh, the operations of Nagarjuna Sagar Project are controlled by the Telangana government.
Two States’ ayacut
The two Telugu States together have an ayacut of 21 lakh acres under the Nagarajuna Sagar Project to be fed at least for a single crop a year. The NSP Right Canal feeds an ayacut of 11 lakh acres in Andhra Pradesh, while the NSP Left Canal system has a total ayacut of 10 lakh acre, of which 6.4 lakh acre falls under Zone I and Zone II of the NSP ayacut in Telangana State and another 3.6 lakh acre under Zone III in AP.
The present water level in NSP has dipped to 506.7 ft. The project was drained below the Minimum Draw Down Level (MDDL) of 510 feet this year to meet the drinking water needs during summer. The NSP is yet to receive inflows so far this year. The farmers in the NSP ayacut are banking mainly on the heavy inflows to be received from Srisailam project. Since it has hundreds of villages and towns in its command area to meet their drinking water needs, the need for release of water from Srisailam is increasingly being felt.
The inflows into Almatti as well as its outflows are in the range of 2.25 lakh to 2.5 lakh cusecs. It is holding a gross storage of 104 tmc, against its gross storage capacity of 129.72 tmc. It is receiving inflows beyond its gross storage capacity.
Hopes on NSP
Narayanpur dam is maintaining an outflow of 2.46 lakh cusecs, while the outflow from Jurala project is 2.4 lakh cusecs. Since the outflows from the upstream projects are expected to rise further, the NSP is also expected to receive substantial inflows in August as was the case last year too.
Meanwhile, more flood is in store for Godavari and the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP), which seldom receives inflows at the desired level, which stands to gain significantly from the inflows this time around. More than 10 irrigation projects in the upper reaches of the river in Maharashtra are receiving heavy inflows on account of the continued rain havoc in the catchment areas right from Nasik district.
Respite in TS
Telangana, which was lashed by heavy rains in the past week, had a much needed respite on Sunday, when except for a couple of places in erstwhile Adilabad district, the State recorded normal rainfall, with several places recording about 1-2 cm.
However, a fresh low pressure area is likely to form over northeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during the next 48 hours. The weather system is likely to become more marked subsequently, resulting in widespread rains in the State. Under its influence, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places over Telangana in the next four days.