Heavy inflows into Srisailam, but no need to open gates immediately, say officials

The need for operating the gates was not felt so far as over 80,000 cusecs of the project water was being utilised for power generation and another 9000 cusecs for irrigation purposes.

By Author   |   Published: 11th Oct 2017   12:30 pm Updated: 11th Oct 2017   12:35 pm
Srisailam Gates
File Photo: Srisailam Dam

Hyderabad: The Srisailam project is still short by about five tmc to reach the full gross storage capacity of 215.807 tmc and there is no immediate need for throwing its gates open, said the Chief Engineer of the Project Narayana Reddy on Wednesday.

The current water level at Srisailam is 884.1 ft as against the FRL of 885 ft. He informed Telangana today that the need for operating the gates was not felt so far as over 80,000 cusecs of the project water was being utilised for power generation and another 9000 cusecs for irrigation purposes. The inflow is in the order of 1.05 lakh cusecs and it was being monitored closely for rise and fall from time to time. We can decide on the need for operating the flood gates of the project only after a further review, he added.

The project inflows were consistently above one lakh cusecs for quite some time following heavy rains in the catchment. All the upstream projects including Alamatti, Narayanpur and Jurala are full to the brim following heavy rains in the catchment during the past ten days.

More rains have been forecast for the Krihna basin catchment area and certainly it is a positive sign for the farmers in the catchment area of the common projects of the two Telugu States- Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar.

NSP authorities hopeful.

The Nagarjunasagar Project Chief Engineer, S Suneel told Telangana Today that a decision on giving water for irrigation to the ayacut of both the NSP left canal and NSP right canal can be taken in the next meeting of the Krishna River Management Board ( KRMB) which will be held after Deepavali ( most likely between Octber 22 to 31). Nsp will be getting sufficient inflows once the Srisailam touched the full reservoir level of 885 feet. Srisailam cannot retain more than its estimated live capacity . The NSP level is still at 538 ft as against the FRL of 590 and it has a flood cushion of 157 tmc, he explained.