Hyderabad: The dream of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to ensure that every acre of arable land is given sufficient water is being fulfilled, what with the Kaleshwaram project creating record after record. Now, the Godavari water lifted from Medigadda, which would have gone waste into the sea, has reached Sircilla town as the Mid Manair Dam aka Sri Rajarajeshwara Project is getting filled with water being lifted through Lakshmipur Pump House (package 8).
The backwaters of Sri Rajeshwara Project have reached the Sircilla-Thangallapalli bridge and the water channels created for filling the Malkapet reservoir are also full. The swelling waters have become a point of interest to be watched not only for people of Sircilla, but also for people from neighbouring districts.
The drawal of water from Lakshmipur pumphouse began on November 8 and reached its peak by mid-November. Official sources said that Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has set the target of filling the Mid Manair Dam up to 24.5 tmcft, a task which will be completed in a day or two.
Backwaters at Sircilla
“Mid Manair’s full capacity is 25.873 tmc, so far water has been filled up to 22 tmc so the backwater has reached Sircilla. It is common that when water reaches the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) which is 318 feet, water flows to areas that are at the same level geographically. In this case, the water has already reached 316 feet and the backwaters are touching Sircilla now,” Bhukhya Hariram, Engineer-in-chief, Kaleshwaram, said. He pointed out that such a phenomenon is common even when Medigadda is full with 16 tmc of water making the backwater flow into Pranahita.
However, the Engineer-in-Chief said that the Annapurna Reservoir (Anantagiri) in Siddipet bordering Siddipet-Sircilla, was supposed to be filled by December 15. But this could get delayed as one of the villages earmarked for submergence needs to be evacuated. The reservoir was supposed be filled with the help of four motors from Mid Manair. It was aimed to pump 1 tmc feet of water every day. “The system is ready up to Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir. Only one village has to be shifted. If the village is shifted we will fill the Annapurna Reservoir immediately,” he said.
According to Superintending Engineer K Sudhakar Reddy, water level at Medigadda barrage, which has a 16 tmc feet capacity (this barrage was named by the Chief Minister as Lakshmi barrage) on Tuesday stood at 94.900 metres (4.445 TMC). At Annaram (Saraswathi Barrage), the current level is 117.400 M (7.39 TMC) with inflows of 8,400 cusecs and outflow as of Tuesday at 3 pm being 8,700 cusecs from the pumphouse where three pumps are currently operating.
At Sundilla, (Parvathi Barrage) the water level was 128.35 M (present capacity 6.343 TMC), with inflows of 8,794 cusecs and outflow at Parvathi pumphouse of 7,830 cusecs when three pumps were running. At Mid Manair Reservoir the level was 316.20 M (23.109TMC) at 6 pm and instant inflows were measured at 7,270 cusecs and outflows stood at 7,270 cusecs.
At Sripada Yellampally Project water level was 18.3972 M with inflows of 7,830 cusecs from Parvathi Pump House and outflow of 6,300 cusecs from Nandi pump house.