Andhra Pradesh

5,000 cusecs released from Pulichintala for Krishna delta

This also helps Telangana Genco generate 80 MW

The Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Department on Saturday released 5,000 cusecs from the Pulichintala project to meet the demands of the Krishna delta.

This also helped Telangana run two units in its power house and generate 80 MW for the first time.

Increase in demand

With paddy sown in an extent of 16,22,403 acres in Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, and West Godavari districts in the Krishna delta, there was a sudden increase in irrigation demand.

Though all the 24 pumps of the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project were running to pump 8,500 cusecs of the Godavari water to the Prakasam barrage, it was calculated that another 5,000 cusecs was required for wetting of 5.86 lakh acres in Krishna, 5.52 lakh acres in West Godavari, 4.44 lakh acres in Guntur, and 41,607 acres in Prakasam district.

The Telangana State Genco (TSGENCO) planned three power generation units, each of 40 MW, at the dam site on the left bank of the Krishna in Suryapet district. While the first unit had been tested in October last, the second was ready for testing this year.

When engineers from A.P. informed their Telangana counterparts that a decision was made to release 5,000 cusecs from the reservoir, the latter said they were ready to use the water for power generation.

When contacted, executive engineer of the Dr. K.L. Rao Pulichintala Project Chakravarti said that power generation began with 1,000 cusecs on Saturday morning and would gradually be increased to 5,000 cusecs.

Telangana constructed a power house with three units. Water would flow to Prakasam barrage after power generation, Mr. Chakravarti said.

Paddy requirement

Paddy needs 37% of the total water when it is between transplantation and panicle initiation stages and 34% of the total water when it is between panicle initiation and flowering stages, say agricultural experts to explain the changing demand for water.

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