On August 8, Karnataka had released 5 lakh cusecs water from Almatti Dam to decrease the water level in Sangli district of Maharashtra.
Due to heavy rains in the ghat areas of Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in the neighbouring Maharashtra, Bhima and Krishna rivers are rising again.
The Yellampally project contained 19.09 tmcft against a storage capacity of 20.18 tmcft.
More than five lakh cusec of water is being discharged from Almatti dam on the Krishna river in Karnataka to ease the flood situation in western Maharashtra.
Almost 37 years after the construction of Narayanpur dam and 14 years after the construction of Almatti dam, the gates of Srisailam were lifted as early as on August 9 for the first time.
Karnataka is not releasing 5 lakh cusec water (as demanded by Maharashtra) and therefore the water level in Sangli remains the same, Pawar said.
An official said by Friday evening, the discharge would be 5 lakh cusecs as demanded by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa.
Fadnavis on Thursday conducted an aerial survey to review the flood situation in Sangli and Kolhapur districts.
With heavy downpour in the Western Ghats and catchment areas of Krishna river, the level in Lal Bahadur Shastri Water Reservoir (Almatti Dam) has reached its brim.
Water was stored in the reservoir at 518.35m against height of 519.6m and another 1.3m is left for the reservoir to be filled to the brim.
While Maharashtra will release 4tmcft water from Koyna dam, Karnataka will have to give 4tmcft from Almatti dam.