Andhra Pradesh

Two spillway gates of Kalyani Dam lifted

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The Kalyani Dam Reservoir, touted as one of the major sources of water supply to the temple town, has reached its maximum level after two decades.

Subsequently, Irrigation Department officials lifted two of its three spillway gates here on Sunday evening.

For the past few weeks, the reservoir received copious inflows contributing to the uncommon feat of flood waters reaching the dam's maximum level.

Thanks to the incessant rains, denizens can forget about the water scarcity, at least for the next two years.

Among the three spillway gates of Kalyani Dam, the first one was lifted around 3.43 pm by the irrigation department officials. One hour later, the second gate was also lifted as the reservoir reached its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 896 feet. The total height/level is 910 feet.

Officials are closely monitoring the inflows to the reservoir and will lift or close the gates depending on the necessity. Meanwhile, the revenue department officials have sounded alert in the low lying areas and have also spread the message through a ‘dandora’ (traditional announcement).

The dam was constructed in the year 1977 and has a catchment area of 48.56 sq kilometres.

Meanwhile, police officials had a tough time in controlling the denizens who flocked to view the waters gushing from the reservoir.



The reservoir has reached its maximum level after two decades



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