Water-level at both dams has almost reached full capacity

With the water-level at Narayanpur dam reaching its full capacity, officials of the Karnataka Bhagya Jal Nigam Ltd. have considerably reduced the quantity of water being drawn into it from Alamatti dam since Wednesday.

Earlier, water was being drawn into Narayanpur dam from Alamatti to facilitate release of water into canals for irrigation purposes. As the former has now adequate quantity in reserves, the water-discharge from Alamatti dam has been reduced.

As soon as the Narayanpur dam reaches its brim level, the officials have to invariably release the excess water to Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, in order to avoid such a situation, the inflow into it has been curtailed, according to sources. The officials have decided not to release more water to Narayanpur dam till the Alamatti dam fills up to its capacity.

The water-level at Narayanpur dam had touched 491.25 m on Wednesday, against its total capacity of 492.25 m.

It may be noted that till Wednesday morning, about 20,000 cusecs of water was being drawn into Narayanpur dam daily, following heavy rains in the Krishna basin. However, subsequently, the quantity was reduced to 3,121 cusecs. Meanwhile, the Alamatti dam has been receiving 58,282 cusecs of water daily. The water-level in the dam had reached 517.5 m on Wednesday, against its total capacity of 519.6 m.

As of now, about 91 tmcft of water has been stored in the dam. If the water-level were to reach 518.6 m, then the outflow would be increased. The officials said that since Maharashtra was receiving copious rains in the last few days, additional quantity of water was expected to reach the dam in a couple of days, resulting in substantial increase in the inflow.