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18 crest gates of Sagar lifted following heavy rains

Full capacity:Water gushes through the spillway at the Srisailam dam in Kurnool district on Wednesday.- PHOTO: U. SUBRAMANYAM
Full capacity:Water gushes through the spillway at the Srisailam dam in Kurnool district on Wednesday.- PHOTO: U. SUBRAMANYAM

Following heavy rains in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the upstream Srisailam reservoir, the inflows to Nagarjuna Sagar dam was increased to 2 lakh cusecs within a few hours from 70,000 cusecs on Wednesday at around 2.30 a.m.

Speaking to The Hindu , Superintendent Engineer of Sagar dam B. Vijaybhaskar Rao has said they had received a message from Srisailam irrigation authorities around 2.30 a.m. over the increase in outflow from Srisailam reservoir and they had issued instructions to their staff to lift 18 crest gates by 3 a.m. in the wee hours. To maintain equality in inflow and outflow, Mr. Rao said, they had allowed 2 lakh cusecs downstream until 1 p.m., but they had closed down four gates at 1 p.m. and continued with 14 till 6 p.m. following decrease in inflow, he said. However, the inflows increased by 6 p.m. and reached 2 lakh cusecs again forcing them to lift 18 gates to maintain the water level at 590 feet, the maximum capacity of the Sagar reservoir.

18 crest gates of Sagar lifted following heavy rains

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