For the first time in the last 10 months, all 26 crest gates of the Alamatti dam have been opened to discharge the water.
The officials of Karnataka Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL) opened all the gates at around 3:30 pm on Wednesday, to release the water to the Narayanpur dam of Yadgir district.
The KBJNL had opened 23 of the 26 gates on July 21, however, on Wednesday, it opened all the gates.
The last time the KBJNL lifted all the crest gates was in September. The monsoon arrived a couple of months behind the schedule last year in the catchment areas of Krishna River.
With rain keeping its date with the catchment areas of Krishna River this year, the release of water from the dam has started two months in advance compared to last year.
On Wednesday, the reservoir had 102 tmc ft of water as against its full capacity of 123.81 tmc ft. The inflow is 1,38,041 cusecs while the outflow touched 1,49,767 cusecs.
Although another 21 tmc ft of water is required to reach the dam’s storage capacity, the crest gates have been opened in view of the huge inflow of water into the dam following the incessant rain in Western Ghats, an official of the KBJNL said.
“If we bring down the gates, the dam will be filled to the brim within a few hours,” the official said.
Meanwhile, a total of 27 villages on the bank of the Krishna in Jamkhandi taluk of Bagalkot district faced the threat of flooding since over 1.40 lakh cusecs of water flow into the river every day.
Sources in the Revenue Department said they had already put the people on alert and directed the officials concerned to gear up to tackle any eventuality.
The district administration has set up two helpline numbers — 08353-220023, 220007 — for people needing help.
Considering the gravity of the situation, the district administration has decided not to grant leave to any officials for the next one month.