Special Correspondent

KHAMMAM: Drop in storage level in the Kinnerasani reservoir has its bearing on the power generation in the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station as well as the water supply in both Palvancha and Kothagudem towns.

AP GENCO Managing Director K.. Vijayanand, who visited the plant as well as the Kinnerasani dam, took stock of the water levels and asked the plant authorities to initiate measures for lifting water from the dam and ensure supply of sufficient water to meet the needs of the thermal complex consisting of 10 units.

Two units of 60 MW capacity each, were shut down because of water problem. The plant authorities are making all outs efforts to put the two units back in operation any time tonight.

They are planning for recycling the water used in the cooling towers to meet the situation. Thermal station would require some 0.4 tmc of water a month to ensure continued operations.

The reservoir has about 1.5 tmc feet of water available to meet the need of both the plant and drinking water supply in Kothagudem and Palvancha towns.

Kothagudem town, barring some localities had no water supply from the Kinnerasani source for the past six days. The elected representatives from the town had approached even the Singareni authorities to get water supply from sources in Singareni collieries to augment the supply. The town needs about 24 million gallons a day. The civic authorities had been making efforts to tap water from some private bores also in view of the scarcity conditions. Residents in Palvancha town were also facing more hardships for water supply. The town required some 7.5 million gallons.