Rains: Water bodies in Hyderabad receive abundant inflows

Water level recorded at 1,762.75 feet against the FTL of 1,763.50 feet at Himayat Sagar reservoir

By   |  Published: 21st Jul 2021  8:06 pm
Hussain Sagar brimming with water following continuous rains in Hyderabad. Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: With the city and surrounding areas receiving rains for more than a week, the three major water bodies i.e. Himayat Sagar, Hussain Sagar and Osman Sagar are receiving abundant inflows.

After the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) opened three out of 17 gates of the Himayat Sagar on Tuesday to drain the flood water into Musi, the water level at the reservoir was under control.

On Wednesday, the water level was recorded at 1,762.75 feet against the FTL of 1,763.50 feet. While the water body was receiving 1,000 cusecs of inflow, the outflow stood at 1,030 cusecs. The reservoir capacity is 2.97 TMC and on Wednesday the water level was 2.744 TMC.

“The decision to close the existing three gates which are open or lift more gates will be taken depending on the downpour today and in coming days,” said a water board official. He emphasised that people should not panic and HMWSSB managing director has also pressed into service emergency response teams to do a recce of low lying areas around the reservoir and Musi.

Meanwhile, another major water body – Osman Sagar which did not receive much inflow on Tuesday morning is also getting ample inflow. While the water inflow in Osman Sagar as per HMWSSB records was mentioned as ‘nil’ on Tuesday morning, the water inflow rose to 160 cusecs by early Wednesday. The water level at the reservoir was recorded as 1,784.80 feet against the FTL of 1,790. The gates of the reservoir will be open if the water level touches the FTL.

Unlike these two reservoirs, Hussain Sagar has natural outlets which drain out the flood water into Musi. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials monitor the inflows and update the revenue and irrigation departments. As a part of the routine exercise the inlets and outlets of the water body are monitored and cleaned.

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