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Sri Ram Sagar project likely to attain FRL in a few days

Water gushing out of the Sri Ram Sagar project as 16 flood gates were lifted following heavy inflow on Sunday.– Photo: By Arrangement
Water gushing out of the Sri Ram Sagar project as 16 flood gates were lifted following heavy inflow on Sunday.– Photo: By Arrangement

Sri Ram Sagar project, the biggest one built across the river Godavari, is likely to get filled in a few days to come if the inflow of water into it is any indication.

The water level went up to 1,082 ft from 1,057 ft within a few days due to torrential rains in Maharashtra. At present, the reservoir contains 55.20 tmcf of water as against its total capacity of 90 tmcf and it is still receiving over 50,000 cusecs of water as on date. The inflow was 60,000 cusecs on Sunday morning.

History of the reservoir says that the project usually gets water to its full capacity towards the end of July. With the huge inflow, the project authorities were discharging 4,000 cusecs of water to Lower Maneru Dam for irrigation purposes. Farmers under the project ayacut were happy and hopeful of reaping a good harvest in the current season as they have paddy plantation in thousands of acres in Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda besides Nizamabad.

Hopes of farmers under Saraswathi canal that flows in Adilabad got a boost as all the small and medium projects in that district overflowed last week and the water level in SRSP reached FRL.


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