Water from the Sripada Yellampalli project, works of which are under way, is ready to be released to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Ramagundam. In the last couple of days, the trial run was held and it has been successful.
Officials are planning to invite district minister D Sridhar Babu for launching the water release on September 7, project superintending engineer N Venkateswarlu said.
During the trial run, about 121 cusecs of water was released everyday through pipeline to the NTPC balancing reservoir which has a capacity of 2.71 tmcft.
The release of water brought a great relief to the NTPC authorities as the reservoir has been reeling under water crisis.
Till now, the NTPC has been getting water from Sriram Sagar Project (SRSP) in Nizambad district through gravity flow mechanism. But with insufficient water in the SRSP, the NTPC balancing reservoir has been facing water crisis frequently.
The superintending engineer said that three pumps of the Yellampalli project will work uninterruptedly while the other will help in maintaining balance in the reservoir.
One pump lifts water to the NTPC balancing reservoir, another to Manthanti and the remaining one for Kadem reservoir in Adilabad district. About 2 tmcft of water will be released to Manthani through pipeline to irrigate 20,000 acres in the division. This pump will begin functioning from next month.
At present, works of the Yellampalli project has been completed till crest gates. The project, which has a capacity of 20.175 tmcft, will be completed by 2013, the superintending engineer said.
On Sunday, water was at 138.65 feet against full reservoir level (FRL) of 148 feet. There has been an inflow of 13,700 cusecs of water.