Hyderabad: With Krishna river swollen due to heavy rains in the upper reaches, the inflows received at Srisailam project, one of the common projects of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was 6,53,344 cusecs on Sunday. The inflows are expected to swell touching nine lakh cusecs tonight, which would be the highest after 2009, when over 9.5 lakh cusecs of flood was received only from Jurala project while almost a matching contribution was made to the flooding by Tungabhadra inundating Kurnool city.
While Srisailam project is maintaining an outflow of 7,78,848 cusecs on Sunday, four of the 26 crest gates of Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) will be opened on Monday to let out the flood flow. The NSP authorities are closely monitoring the flood situation.
The NSP is receiving close to three tmc an hour. The project Chief Engineer Narasimha Rao said that the crest gates will be opened once the storage touched crest level of 546 ft.
The inflows being received by the project are highest in the recent years, he added. Water was released into the Nagarjuna Sagar Left canal and right canal in the day.
The Education Minister of Telangana G Jagishwar Reddy and the AP Minister for Irrigation P Anilkumar, exhibiting a rare show of bonhomie, joined the poojas performed at the project before release of the water to the Left canal and right canal of the project.
The rare show of bonhomie exhibited by the two Ministers representing the two Telugu States was in sharp contrast to the instances of confrontation involving the officials, police and elected representatives at the dam during the past five year after bifurcation of the states.
Quoting the CWC flood forecast, the Chief Engineer of Srisailam Project B Narayan Reddy said that the inflows might touch even 9 lakh cusecs as there was no let up so far in the flood situation in the catchment of the upstream project in the basin.
Consequent to rise in the flood flow, drawls from the Pothireddypadu head regulators are also raised to fill a number of major and medium irrigation projects that have Srisailam project as the only source for inflows.
The Kalwakurthy Lift Irrigation Scheme in Mahabubnagar district and Srisailam Left Bank Canal in Nalgonda district also started receiving supplies. Power generation was resumed at the hydel units of the Srisailam projects.
The flood discharges from Almatti and Narayanpura dams are 5.40 lakh cusecs and 6.11 lakh cusecs at 6 pm on Sunday. Tungabhadra, a tributary of krishna, which is also on the rise, is adding to the flood flow by 2.29 lakh cusecs.
A flood alert has been sounded in the low lying area prone to inundation all alone the river course. A control room was set up in Jogulamba Gadwal district ( 08546-274007). As a precautionary measure a some families were shifted from vulnerable localities in Nagardoddi village in the day.