Water level in Idukki dam drops
By P B Jayasankar | Published: 22nd December 2012 08:40 AM |
Water level in the hydroelectric power project in Idukki stood at 2,330.28 ft on Friday showing a deficit of 48.14 ft compared to last year during this period.
Last year, the water level was recorded at 2,378.42 ft. The present position of the water in the dam is 30.30 per cent of the capacity of dam, with which power can be generated for only about 45 days, KSEB sources said.
An inflow of 50.21 million cubic feet was recorded on Friday.
The power house in the dam produces about 46.15 lakh units of electricity on an average per day. The power generated would vary each day, the sources said.
The dam’s power generation level begins above the water level of 2,280 ft which is the Minimum Draw Down Level. The water below this level is not fit for power generation because of the presence of slush.
But the KSEB has not been able to find out the level of slush present in the dam.
The presence of slush at the higher level could create more problems to the power generating units in the power house at Moolamattam.
Meanwhile, senior officials in the KSEB dismissed reports of some generators not functioning in the dam. They said that all the six generators in the 780 MW project are in tact and in working condition. But, all are not operated together. All of the generators are put into operation as and when the load increases.
There are also reports of government’s decision to release large quantity of water, at the height of Mullaperiyar dam problem in 2011, had led to the poor storage level, KSEB sources said.
The reports on private resorts and plantations estate owners illegally holding water using check dams in Vagamon, are being probed by the district administration.