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Tamil Nadu asks AP to increase water supply to Chennai

Tamil Nadu government has requested Andhra Pradesh to increase water supply from Telugu Ganga project for meeting the drinking water needs of Chennai city.

Tamil Nadu chief secretary Gnanadesikan today flew to Hyderabad to participate in a liaison committee meeting with his AP counterpart I Y R Krishna Rao on water releases from Telugu Ganga project.

He requested AP government to step up water supply to ensure at least 2-3 tmc of water to reach Chennai in January-February period, officials from AP irrigation department said.

On the whole Tamil Nadu requested its neighbor to supply 8.716 tmc of water for the current year, according to a statement issued by AP government. Tamil Nadu chief secretary also requested for framing of the operational rules to prevent unauthorised and illegal tapping on the borders and also sought the constitution of a permanent technical committee to oversee the water supply from the project.

“After detailed discussion on the above issues, I Y R Krishna Rao has given instructions to concerned officers of the project to initiate necessary action as early as possible to supply water to Tamil Nadu,” AP government said in its statement.

In 1977 Krishna riparian states– AP, Maharashtra and Karnataka– had agreed to allocate 15 tmc of water with each state contributing 5 tmc as its share, to Tamil Nadu for meeting the drinking water requirements of Chennai city. However in 1983 this allocation was slashed to 12 tmc after taking into account the potential evaporation losses of water on way to Chennai.

A series of interlinked canals were created under the name of Telugu Ganga project in the undivided AP to carry water from Srisailam reservoir up to a distance of 406 kms before it reaches the destination of Poondi reservoir near Chennai.

The supply of water to Tamil Naidu, however, hardly crossed 3-4 tmc ever since the last stretches of the project were fully completed in the early part of last decade.

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