2021 to be drought free for Chennai & Surrounding areas
The present storage Chennai water supply lakes is 6 tmc in our four lakes against 11.3 tmc full level capacity. With MJO coming into our Indian Basin, we are going into very active phase of monsoon and might see most of the lakes filled up even well before end of November. Good news indeed, so after 2015, we might see some cleaning happening in our filthy Rivers. A River should have some flow or cleaning happening now and then. Happy that this year it is going to be a possibility.
With core city of Chennai getting good rains on October 22 and 29, the ground water should have improved a lot and with more rains in November and lakes expected to have good water, the ground water in Chennai is expected be improved to the point of saturation
With awesome rains in Krishna and Pennar Basin, this year again we started receiving Krishna / Pennar Water at Poondi from end of September. Kandaleru Dam has a record storage of 58 tmcft of water for the first time since the launch of the Telugu Ganga canal system in 1996 and Somasila with 75 tmc of water has overflowed twice in last 2 years. Pennar basin has seen record rains this year.
The normal quota of Krishna Water Supply for Chennai is 12 tmc at zero point. We might have got around 2 tmc of our Krishna Water share till date. Even if our monsoon fails (which wont) we are going to see most our lakes can be filled up to brim using Krishna water, as our share of around 10 tmc remains.
In the case of Veeranam, the rains in Cuddalore belt is expected to begin by 4th November and they are expected to see good monsoon too. Veeranam even if monsoon fails can again be filled up with Cauvery Water from Mettur Dam.
Overall, we will be going into 2021 drought free with plenty of water for everyone. Be it ground water or piped water supply.
More Rains expected in Western Tamil Nadu today too
More Rains are expected in Western Tamil Nadu again today too in Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Thenkasi, Theni and Madurai. Parts of hilly areas in Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari will get rains too.