Former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s promise to bring the Krishna water to facilitate irrigation for farmers in the Kadapa district will materialise as the river water entered the district on Sunday.
The surplus Krishna water reached Owk reservoir from Srisailam in Kurnool district, and will reach Mylavaram project within 24 hours. YSR had set the foundation stone for Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanti (GNSS) project, and initiated the project as part of Jalayagnam in 2004.
The Gandikota reservoir was planned to bring surplus Krishna river water to Kadapa district through this project. According to the scheme, Krishna water was to be brought to the Owk reservoir from Srisailam, en route to Pothireddypadu head regulator, and was to be sent from the reservoir to various tanks in Kadapa district before reaching the Myalvaram project.
The state government came forward to provide drinking water temporarily to residents in Kadapa district to cope with water scarcity problem in the ensuing summer through Owk and Mylavaram water bodies. The restoration wo-rk of 51-kilometre long canal between Owk and Myalvaram reservoirs was completed. The officials decided to release 2 tmc ft water to the Mylavaram project from Owk reservoir as water stood at 22 ft. But officials are releasing only 1 tmc ft of water. At present water capacity in the Myla-varam project is 1.6 tmc ft.