Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam when meets his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu at the Interim Government Complex (IGC) in Velagapudi today set to seek release of Krishna water through Telugu Ganga project for drinking needs of the residents of Chennai.

Interestingly, the AP government is getting ready to demand funds it had spent on maintenance of the Telugu Ganga Canal, it is reliably learnt. A senior minister said both AP and Tamil Nadu governments entered into an agreement for bearing the expenditure of the Telugu Ganga Canal that takes water from Kandaleru Reservoir in Nellore district to Poondi reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai city on a 50-50 basis, the Tamil Nadu government should release the funds. “The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will come and request release of water to Telugu Ganga and we will ask for the funds we spend on the maintenance of the canal. It could be around Rs 500 crore to Rs 600 crore,” the Minister said.

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