Hyderabad: With the State recording good rainfall in June and heavy rains in Maharashtra, water levels in reservoirs in Telangana have been receiving good inflows, despite the fact that upper riparian States fill up their projects before letting them downstream.
While an average of 41.01 per cent of the reservoirs of major projects on Krishna have water in them, 25.38 per cent of projects constructed on Godavari and its tributaries also have water. With a fair amount of monsoon still left to precipitate rains in the State, Irrigation Department officials are upbeat about filling the reservoirs to the brim that would immensely benefit farmers in the State.
“We are expecting fairly good inflows in Godavari in the coming week. As the monsoon is still active and there is a lot of scope for heavy rains in the catchment areas of Godavari and Pranahitha, the State will certainly have its reservoirs brimming,” C Muralidhar, Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief, told Telangana Today on Tuesday. He added that the inflows were steady in certain projects with more than average rains in June, and July likely to witness good rains.
At the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), the inflows are steady at 10,000 cusecs at Lakshmi barrage from where water is being released downstream by lifting gates. However, the inflows in Saraswathi and Parvathi barrages are scanty with the reservoirs holding a capacity of 115.68 feet and 4.7 tmc in Saraswathi and 126.9 feet and 4.4 tmc in Parvathi barrages.
As on Tuesday, Nagarjuna Sagar, Jurala and Pulichintala reservoirs on River Krishna were receiving inflows to the tune of 500 cusecs, 4,423 cusecs and 1,488 cusecs respectively. While the Srisailam project has 813.58 feet of water and a storage of 36.43 tmc, Nagarjuna Sagar has 530.30 feet of water with a capacity of 168.73 tmc. While Jurala has 1,041.47 feet of water in its reservoir, the storage on Tuesday is at 7.54 tmc. Pulichintala at the tail-end of Krishna has 13.20 feet of water in reservoir, with storage of 6.89 tmc.
Meanwhile, Sriramsagar project has been receiving copious inflows and on Tuesday, the inflow was 5,621 cusecs and the project has 1,071.50 feet of Godavari water and is holding a capacity of 32.06 tmc of water. Kaddem project has also been receiving steady inflows of 3,389 cusecs from Kaddem, a tributary of Godavari. Singur with no inflows has only 0.73 tmc of water at 1,673.49 feet. Lower Manair has 8.48 tmc of water but no inflows. Similarly, Nizamsagar has scanty inflows but is holding 1,376.38 feet of water amounting to 0.83 tmc which is 4.60 per cent of its envisaged capacity.
With the trial run of the canal network of KLIS from Kondapochamma Sagar going on, the KLIS engineers are at this juncture filling water bodies facilitating the farmers to sow Vaanakalam crop. Farmers under 15,000 acres of ayacut under SRSP Flood Flow Canal have also started taking up Vaanakalam crop with water from Gayatri pump house.
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