Karimnagar: A total of 18 of the 20 crest gates of 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 inflow, officials release double the quantum of water since water from Mid Manair reservoir is likely to be released into LMD by the evening.
LMD got copious inflows due to heavy rains in the upper reaches during the last two days. Moyathummeda vagu is carrying heavy inflows into the reservoir. With water storage in the project reaching 23.516 tmc against its gross storage capacity of 24.034 tmc, the Dam officials released 3,000 cusecs of water downstream 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 was also switch on the lifting of three gates to increase the discharge.
For the second time in this rainy season, the gates of LMD were lifted. First, the gates were lifted on August 23 when BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar released 6,000 cusecs of water 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 was possible only because of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who completed irrigation projects on a war-footing. In order to solve water problems of farmers, the Chief Minister took up Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme and other projects,” he said.
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