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Exercise will be conducted at 16 major dams on April 22

HYDERABAD: As part of the preparations to face the kind of unprecedented floods witnessed in the Krishna in last year, pre-monsoon mock-drills will be conducted at 16 major dams in the State on April 22 to check the readiness of officials and engineers to meet the challenge.

On that day, a siren will be sounded at Srisailam, Nagarjunasagar, Sriramsagar and 13 other such projects directing staff at the site to take up positions. They will operate cranes, lift crest-gates and “release water” from the spillway.

Those handling different instruments and gadgets will verify various safety parameters. All of them will regulate inflows and outflows of the dams while security personnel will prevent public from going into the area.

The mock drill will also be held at Somasila, Nizamsagar, Penna-Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir, Dowleswaram anicut, Gotta Barrage, Jurala, Lower Manair, Singur, Yeleru, Mid-Maniar, Kandaleru, Kaddem and Paliair reservoir.

Major Irrigation Minister P. Lakshmaiah told reporters here on Monday that the exercise would be also be taken up in 80 medium and 234 minor irrigation projects. Already, the standards specified by the International Commission on Large Dams, and the Central Water Commission were being implemented for all dams, whether small or big.

Repairs

He said temporary repairs were being undertaken at 16 major projects at a cost of Rs. 9.5 crore and permanent repairs at a cost of Rs. 112.7 crore.

The flood banks of the Krishna, Godavari and other rivers were being strengthened at vulnerable points.

I.S.N. Raju, chief engineer, Irrigation & Command Area Development, and engineers of Central Designs Organisation (CDO) will check the mechanical and electrical equipment of the dams.


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