Hyderabad: With a scant availability of water in Krishna river, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directed the officials to prepare a contingency plan to ensure an adequate supply of drinking water to Hyderabad and erstwhile Nalgonda district immediately. The officials took up alternate measures on a war-footing basis to meet the drinking water needs of Hyderabad and erstwhile Nalgonda district.
As part of the contingency plan, the Chief Minister suggested the officials to release water from Singur project to Hyderabad and also Nagarjunasagar project to erstwhile Nalgonda district via Akkampalli and Udayasamudram projects. Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief Muralidhar Rao were asked to oversee the arrangements and ensure the release of water from Singur and Akkampalli from Tuesday night itself.
Rao also highlighted the need to use the available water in reservoirs on Krishna river carefully in view of inadequate inflows and water level in Nagarjunasagar project reaching below dead-storage level. He also wanted the officials to ensure that water supplied from Singur and Akkampalli reservoirs is not wasted, besides monitoring the situation at regular intervals.
Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer of AMR-SLBC will visit Akkampally Balancing Reservoir on Wednesday and take a decision on releasing water to Udhayasamudram Balancing Reservoir, which is the drinking water source for more than 600 villages in the erstwhile Nalgonda district.
Following the Chief Minister’s directions, irrigation officials of AMR-SLBC geared up to release water to Udhayasamudram Reservoir. Udhayasamudram has a storage capacity of 1.5 tmc and is located near Panagal in Nalgonda district. In all, 632 villages with a population of 1.65 lakh in Nalgonda and Yadadri-Bhongir districts are provided drinking water through the reservoir, which gets water from Krishna through SLBC canal. About 40 MLD of water is required to cater to the drinking water needs of these villages.
Speaking to Telangana Today, AMR-SLBC Superintendent Engineer Hameed Khan said the Chief Engineer of SLBC will visit Akkampally Balancing Reservoir on Wednesday morning and take a decision on release of water to Udhayasamudram Balancing Reservoir.