Hyderabad: In a development that augurs well for the State, Priyadarshini Jurala project in the State started receiving inflows of 4,130 cusecs on Sunday after Karnataka started releasing Krishna flood water from Narayanapur dam.
The inflows have helped the irrigation authorities to operate Nettempadu and Rajeev Bheema Lift irrigation projects. Karnataka released 40,000 cusecs of flood water from Almatti to Narayanapur Dam almost a fortnight ahead of the normal time.
Two gates were lifted at Narayanapur Dam to let out 11,240 cusecs of water and this fresh release of flood water is expected to reach Jurala by Monday. Almatti Dam, with a capacity of 95.50 TMC of water at Full Reservoir Level (FRL) 1,698.10 feet, is discharging 36,130 cusecs of water to Narayanapur after retaining sufficient water for that State’s needs. The Narayanapura dam with a capacity of 33.47 TMC at FRL of 1611.94 feet is releasing 11,240 cusecs.
“As of now, Jurala has 4.303 TMC of water against its full capacity of 8.010 TMC. Water level is at 317.69 feet. We started pumping water from two lifts Nettamapadu and Bheema,” B Parthasarathi, Executive Engineer at Jurala Dam told Telangana Today. He said that the power house at the project was not being operated but 750 cusecs water was lifted through Nettempadu and 650 cusecs through Bheema lift. The Koilsagar lift is yet be operated. The total outflows from Jurala as on Sunday was 1,445 cusecs.
With water reaching Jurala ahead of schedule, the lift at the 21.425 TMC capacity Nettempadu project have been operated from the foreshore of Jurala Reservoir. The Lift is envisaged to provide irrigation facilities to 2 lakh acres in the upland areas of Gadwal and Alampur constituencies covering about 148 villages in eight mandals besides providing drinking water en route the canal in erstwhile Mahabubnagar.
Rajeev Bheema Lift can lift 20 TMC of Krishna water to irrigate 2,03,000 acres in the upland areas of 15 mandals in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district besides stabilising the existing ayacut of 2,134 acres under Shankara Samudram and 1,866 acres under Rangasamudram tanks.
The other major projects on river Krishna are showing satisfactory inflows compared to last year.
Srisailam Dam has 36.50 TMC of water against its full capacity of 215.81 TMC water compared to 31.77 TMC during the corresponding period last year. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam presently has 168.54 TMC which is about 54 per cent of its full capacity of 312.05 TMC. The project had 126.47 TMC on this day last year. Pulichintala now has 7.04 TMC which is at 15.38 per cent of its full capacity of 45.77 TMC. It was 0.82 TMC on this day last year.
SRSP receives inflows
Nizamabad Following good rainfall in Maharashtra, Sri Ram Sagar Project started receiving inflows of 11,102 cusecs on Sunday, with the project holding 33.763 TMC of water now against its storage capacity of 90 TMC. Maharashtra irrigation officials released water from Vishnupuri project following heavy rains and on an average, the project was receiving 3,720 cusecs of water per hour.
The water level in SRSP was 1,072.3 feet against its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 1,091 feet. SRSP EE Rama Rao said the State government had ordered release of water from the reservoir from July 15 for Vaanakalam season.
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