Andhra Pradesh

Srisailam, Sagar projects brimming with water: Uma

Picnic spot: Members of a family visiting the Nagarjuna Sagar Project take a selfie as water is being released from two gates of the dam on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: SingamVenkataramana

The Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar (NSP) projects are brimming with water, with a storage of 205.23 tmcft (full capacity 215.81) and 300.84 tmcft (312.03) respectively due to copious rains in upper reaches of the River Krishna in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Officials and people have been alerted about the second spell of rains in the catchment area of the Krishna this month.

Prakasam, Nellore, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Kadapa districts have 49% deficit rainfall but the overall actual rainfall received by the State so far was 365.10 mm against the normal 411.12 mm, said Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.

Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, Mr. Rao said 2,000 tmcft of the Godavari river water was emptied into the sea and 75 tmcft could be utilised.

The storage levels in the Tungabhadra, Narayanpur and Almatti dams were nearly full. The Srisailam reservoir was receiving around 1,14,210 cusecs from the Jurala project and 58,546 cusecs from the Tungabhadra and Sunkesula (total inflow 1,72,756 cusecs / 15 tmcft) and the NSP was getting 11 tmcft per day.

The discharges (average) from Almatti, Narayanpur, Jurala and Srisailam were 87,805 cusecs, 82,745 cusecs, 1,14,210 cusecs and 1,29,179 cusecs respectively.

About 64,535 cusecs of water was being released into the K.L. Rao Sagar (Pulichintala) dam from the NSP. At present, Pulichintala had 14.24 tmcft of storage and 31 tmcft more could be impounded. About 10,140 cusecs of water was being released from the Pulichintala to the Prakasam barrage, from which 13,000 cusecs was being let into the canals.

Purushotthapatnam scheme

Mr. Rao said the second phase of Purushotthapatnam would be inaugurated in the second week of October. Steps were taken to store 12 to 20 tmcft in the Gandikota reservoir and it was targeted to provide 1 tmcft to the Avuku tunnel.

Up to 11,000 cusecs of water was being released every day to fill the reservoirs in the four Rayalaseema districts and nearly 8 tmcft of water in the Vamsadhara was tapped against 52 tmcft that flowed into the sea.

A sum of ₹1,000 crore was being spent on the Vamsadhara Stage-II to store 4 to 5 tmcft.

The foundation stone would be laid for interlinking of the Godavari and Penna rivers and the Vaikunthapuram bridge in the first week of October.

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