GUNTUR: In order to provide sufficient drinking and irrigation water to the people in Guntur and Prakasam districts, the Water Resources department officials have sent a report to the State government to release 36 TMC of water in addition to the allotted 132 TMC from Nagarjuna Sagar left canal.
As many as 134 TMC of water is utilised till now from the NSP left canal, out o which 19.04 TMC was wasted due to leakages, and evaporation, and 65.34 TMC was used for Guntur district and 49.68 TMC for Prakasam district.
Currently, the water level at the project is at 574 feet and has 266.6 TMC. In order to prevent water scarcity, the officials have sent proposals to allow extra 10 TMC water to provide sufficient drinking water to several villages in the Guntur, and Prakasam districts.
Due to pest infestation most of the mirchi crop was damaged and the farmers removed the entire crop and are seeding new crop again. For this purpose, another 26 TMC of water will be required. So, an additional 36 TMC water will be beneficial for the people, they added.
They are also planning to release water till March ending for the crops and resume in May to provide drinking water.