Special Correspondent

State is delighted that Srisailam could make fresh addition

HYDERABAD: In a pleasant development the untimely rains have pushed up storages in reservoirs and ensured a significant improvement in power supply situation in the State.

On the fourth day of heavy rains on Tuesday, a heavy inflow of 1.6 lakh cusecs reached Srisailam from the upper reaches of Krishna river below the Narayanpur barrage in Karnataka. The storage in Srisailam as a result went up by 6.3 ft and touched 856.3 ft level. The Government is delighted that Srisailam could make fresh addition in its storage at a time when heavy power generation is expected from the reservoir to meet the summer demand, leading to a heavy depletion.

The additional water can be used for a variety of purposes - power generation at two points of Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar, irrigation for rabi crops and drinking water to several districts.

The river Krishna also rose at the Prakasam barrage, after receiving heavy inflows from Munneru forcing authorities to open 35 of its flood gates. Similarly, Tungabhadra too rose at several points in the State.

In Prakasam district Gundlakamma swelled menacingly at Mandirallapadu cutting off the Chirala-Ongole road link. The crust gates of the Gundlakamma project too were lifted to let out flood water. The power demand in the State crashed to a low of 138 million units on Monday from a high of 200 mu on Thursday last due to the wet spell. Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rain continue to batter parts of the Coastal Andhra and Telangana.

Kaikalur, in Krishna district, recorded a heavy rainfall of 12 cm and Yerragondapalem, in Prakasam district, 11 cm. there was no letup from the upper air trough, as it hovered over the State, extending from Orissa to south Tamil Nadu.