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Heavy rain fills up major reservoirs

Published: 06th September 2012 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2012 10:49 AM   |  A+A-

Major reservoirs on Krishna river are full as large inflows were received on Wednesday due to heavy rains in the state and also upper riparian states. However, the rainfall decreased gradually across the state after the low pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal moved further towards East Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Vidarbha.

The rains are seen as a boon to farmers, particularly those in the Krishna delta. Several rivulets, tanks and other water bodies are overflowing in many districts of Telangana and Coastal Andhra Pradesh due to continuous downpour over the last three days.

The Jurala project is full to its capacity with water level reaching 318.56 feet and is still receiving about 73,000 cusecs due to heavy rains in Karnataka.

About 49,100 cusecs are being released from the project downstream and power generation commenced at all the six units of 39 mw each. At Srisailam project, the water level touched 844.3 feet against the full reservoir level of 885 feet.

The inflow of a whopping 1.2 lakh cusecs was recorded at 4 pm on Tuesday. Officials started power generation at one of the 110 mw units, releasing 4,000 cusecs from the project.

They said the hydel power project will be operated to its full capacity if the inflows continue at the present level for another 10 days. The water level has touched 510.1 feet against 590 feet FRL at Nagarjuna Sagar, which is receiving 4,829 cusecs, with an outflow 900 cusecs.

Officials said as the water level touched 510 feet, they are ready to commence power generation at the 810 mw hydel power project soon after receiving a nod from the government.

At Prakasam barrage, huge inflows are seen due to rains in upstream areas. Officials lifted 70 gates of the barrage to release 57,669 cusecs.

Heavy inflows were recorded in Tungabhadra dam on Wednesday morning and 20 gates have been lifted to release 54,000 cusecs against an inflow of 48,000 cusecs.

Road links to several villages in Khammam and Warangal districts, cut off due to overflowing streams, are yet to be restored. On the other hand, trains continued to run without any major disruption as most of the tracks damaged due to rains have been repaired.

Officials said the estimation of crop damage and roads repairs will be taken up only after the water recedes. Meanwhile, the meteorological department officials predicted light to moderate rain or thudershowers at a few places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, apart from isolated rain over Rayalaseema over the next 24 hours.

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