Special Correspondent

May reach full levels this year too

HYDERABAD: The multi-purpose projects in the State based on the Krishna like Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar and Jurala are getting copious inflows as a result of the heavy rains in the upper reaches of the river.

Prospects of these projects attaining full-reservoir levels this year too are bright now. These are already half filled due to last year's storage.

The Karnataka projects on the river, Alamatti and Narayanpur, are now releasing about 1.2 lakh cusecs of water to the projects in the State after heavy rains in the river's catchment areas in Maharashtra.

The heavy outflow from the upstream projects pushed up the water level in Srisailam to 853 ft. Dam authorities are building up the storage in the reservoir and are letting out only 38,000 cusecs to Nagarjunasagar and that too through power generation.

However, only 13,000 cusecs was released from Nagarjunasagar, in turn, on Tuesday for Krishna delta.

The storage in this reservoir touched 550-ft mark as against the maximum level of 590 ft.