With the Alamatti reservoir almost full, Karnataka Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL), on Sunday, opened 23 of the 26 crest gates to discharge water.

The water-level in the reservoir, with a capacity of 519.6 m (124 tmcft), stands at 518.35 m (104 tmcft). Officials have stepped up discharge to correspond with the increased inflow following heavy rain in Maharashtra.

On Sunday, KBJNL released water at the rate of 1,29,499 cusecs: 87,499 through the crest gates and 42,000 through another gate to a power generation unit. The power generation unit has begun operations and will produce 270 MW everyday.

Keeping vigil

Alamatti is the first reservoir in the State to have a high-tech monitoring system imported from Japan as part of its security measures. According to KBJNL officials, high-resolution cameras with infrared capabilities were installed at all 26 crest gates. They can capture any activity in a half-kilometre radius, and feed information back to an 8,000 GB hard disk in the control room.