Trains on Chennai-Nellore line via Katpadi and Renigunta diverted
The incessant rain for 24 hours has left several places in Chittoor district, especially the eastern part, inundated on Tuesday.
What started off as a sudden cloudburst in the early hours of Monday continued till Tuesday afternoon as medium to heavy drizzle. Tirumala devotees visiting the pilgrim city had a tough time in running around to secure accommodation, transport and other amenities, as the rain offered no respite. The heavy downpour on Tirumala hills sent water gushing down the Kapila Theertham and Malvadigundam waterfalls, which was abuzz with visitors.
Seven of the eight gates in the Mallimadugu reservoir, 15 km east of Tirupati, were lifted to a height of 4 ft on Tuesday, as the water touched the Full Reservoir Level of 366 ft on the scale. The eighth gate got stuck and hence could not be opened, but the inflow was easily contained. Water was released at the rate of 2,000 cusecs.
Collector Solomon Arokiaraj paid a visit to the reservoir site this afternoon and told the watchers to be on alert. He directed the irrigation authorities to store water to a limited extent, as the project was over half-a-century old. The released water flowed into Rallakaluva and joined the Swarnamukhi river a couple of kilometres away.
In Tirupati revenue division, Varadaiahpalem mandal recorded the highest rainfall of 178.4mm, while Pakala was at the other end, registering 18.4 mm.Nellore Staff Reporter writes: Sullurupeta, Tada and other areas in the district received very heavy rainfall, even as the railway authorities diverted trains in Chennai-Nellore line via Katpadi and Renigunta for safety reasons.
The diversion of trains was necessitated following overflowing of the Kalangi river near Sullurupeta, which recorded a high rainfall of 14.4 cm. The nearby Tada recorded a higher rainfall of 15.4 cm during the day up to 5 p.m.
The trains, which were diverted, included the GT Express and the Charminar Express.
The railway authorities said that the line was not safe in Sullurupeta area in view of continued heavy rains during the past two days.
Nellore city also experienced heavy rainfall of 12.4 cm on Tuesday. The roads and streets in several