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WRD Seeks Funding for Feasibility Study to Lay Krishna Water Pipeline

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“The question of the loss of a large volume of water during its flow in the KP channel has been discussed recently”

“The question of the loss of a large volume of water during its flow in the KP channel has been discussed recently”

The Department of Water Resources has sought funds to carry out a feasibility study to bring Krishna water through a pipeline from Andhra Pradesh. Officials said a preliminary report had been submitted aimed at transporting Krishna water through a pipeline to the Poondi Reservoir.

At present, the water released from Andhra Pradesh has traveled 152 km through the open Kandaleru Poondi channel to the state border at Uthukottai and then another 25 km to the Poondi reservoir. Released in two periods each year, Krishna water meets a substantial portion of the city’s growing drinking water needs and supports storage in reservoirs here.

Officials recalled that many options, including laying pipelines from various sites and reservoirs in Srisailam, Somasila and Kandaleru, had been proposed. One of the proposals was to lay a pipeline from the 75th km of the Kandaleru Canal to bring water to the Poondi Reservoir. This would prevent seepage, evaporation and theft. These issues were discussed at a recent meeting of the Krishna River Management Board where Andhra Pradesh officials said that a significant volume of water has been lost in the channel due to various reasons.

The feasibility study would help estimate the cost of the project, the extent of land required and the possibility of laying a pipeline from a specific site to Poondi. The study would take six months and a detailed project report would be prepared based on it, an official said.

Start of work on the locks

The department had begun construction of two locks in Poondi Reservoir. These would help channel water to the nearby Institute of Hydraulics and Hydrology where model studies were carried out. Additionally, these structures would ensure the stability of the existing Sathyamurthy Sagar dam.

The department forms a circular bund in the body of water to facilitate the work. “We would be able to step up stockpiling and prepare for a massive influx once the main parts of the ₹10 crore project are completed before the onset of the northeast monsoon,” an official said.

A gauge well on the Jones Tower lines in the Red Hills Reservoir would be constructed at Poondi to measure the water level. Embankments 150 meters long on either side of the masonry dam would be reinforced as part of the project.