Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will visit Andhra Pradesh on Thursday to request his counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu for the release of more Krishna water for Chennai, which has been hit by the dismal failure of the northeast monsoon.
Mr. Panneerselvam is expected to urge Mr. Naidu to ensure that Tamil Nadu receives at least 5 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet.)
A senior government official says the demand is realistic as the present storage of the Kandaleru reservoir, the terminal storage point in the Krishna water supply network, is about 13.5 tmcft.
As per the 1983 agreement between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the former should get 4 tmcft during January-April and 8 tmcft during July-October. Between October and December last year, Tamil Nadu realized 0.99 tmcft.
Mr. Panneerselvam will be accompanied by Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, Advisor Sheela Balakrishnan, secretaries to the Chief Minister and secretaries of the municipal administration and water supply and public works departments, K. Phanindra Reddy and S.K. Prabakar.