Karimnagar: Eighteen of the 20 crest gates of the Lower Manair Dam were lifted on Tuesday to discharge over 42,000 cusecs of water downstream as the project was receiving huge inflows.
Though the project was receiving 26,309 cusecs, officials were releasing double the quantum of water since the Mid-Manair Dam gates were likely to be lifted by the evening.
The LMD had been getting copious inflows due to heavy rains in the upper reaches during the last two days. Moyathummeda Vagu was contributing to most of the inflow. With water storage in the project reaching 23.516 tmc against its gross storage capacity of 24.034 tmc, officials released 3,000 cusecs by lifting one floodgate on Monday night.
Karimnagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Y Sunil Rao on Tuesday visited the reservoir and examined the water levels. He also lifted three gates to increase the discharge.
For the second time in this rainy season, the LMD gates were lifted. First was when BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar released 6,000 cusecs by lifting three gates.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Y Sunil Rao said there would be no scarcity of drinking and irrigation water for the next three years since all water bodies including reservoirs, tanks and ponds in the State were brimming. “This is possible only because of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who completed irrigation projects on a war-footing. To solve water problems of farmers, the Chief Minister has taken up the Kaleshwaram and other projects,” he said.
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