Bangalore Bureau

The Linganamakki reservoir records a significant

60 mm of rain

Inflow likely to touch 10,000 cusecs by Friday

BANGALORE: True to the meteorological centre’s forecast, the parched catchment areas of the State were partially revived by a steady downpour on Wednesday and Thursday — a piece of news that the Energy Department was thirsting for.

Linganamakki hydel reservoir recorded a significant 60 mm of rain and at least two more days of heavy rain has been predicted for coastal districts and the Western Ghats.

The reservoir saw a ten-fold increase in inflow from 732 cusecs on Wednesday morning to 7,737 cusecs on Thursday morning. While this is the highest quantum of daily inflow received by the Linganamakki this monsoon period, it compares poorly with the inflow recorded last year on the same date which was 29,964 cusecs.

Marginal increase

The storage level in Linganamakki saw only a marginal increase which is enough to generate 346 million units of power to 362 MUs between Wednesday and Thursday. The storage level will rise considerably only if the rain continues for four to five more days.

According to an official at the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, the inflow may touch 10,000 cusecs by Friday as the catchment areas continue to receiving rain.

The increase in inflow was marginal in the other two major hydel reservoirs of Supa and Mani. According to the met centre, parts of Uttara Kannada received 110 mm of rain while parts of Dakshina Kannada received 9 mm between Wednesday and Thursday morning. Agumbe, Honnavar and Karwar received the highest rainfall in the State at 180 mm, 170 mm and 140 mm respectively.

Meanwhile, the KPCL decided to further conserve the storage in hydel reservoirs by reducing hydel generation from the three major hydel reservoirs to 8.54 MUs on Wednesday from 10.86 MUs on Tuesday.

Thermal generation was increased from 35.18 MUs to 39.20 MUs.

Heavy rainfall can be expected at most places over Coastal Karnataka and Western Ghats over the next couple of days, and moderate rain likely in parts of south interior Karnataka and north interior Karnataka.

Bangalore will, for the next couple of days, have cloudy skies, gusty winds accompanied possibly by rain, according to the weather forecast.