In a bid to renew the depleting storage tanks during the summer, the Tamil Nadu Government has asked the Andhra Pradesh to release Krishna water from the first week of May. The Andhra Pradesh government has agreed to the demand, officials from Water Resources Department said. Tamil Nadu had originally planned to seek Krishna water from January, but had decided to postpone it due to enough water in the four main reservoirs- Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam – at that time.
The reason for the current fall in the storage tanks to nearly 74% is due to high evaporation owing to sweltering heat of the ongoing summer. According to official records, the combined water storage of the five reservoirs stands at 8,322 mcft, which was 8,888 mcft at the same time last year.