Karnataka

Alamatti dam records full water-level

With the water level reaching its full capacity, all the crest gates of Alamatti dam had been closed to stop the discharge on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Contributor

The Alamatti dam, one of the major reservoirs of the State, reached its full capacity on Saturday with the water-level recorded at 519.60 m, with the maximum storage capacity at 123.081 tmcft.

Last year, the dam filled to its brim in September. This year, the water-level has reached the full capacity in August itself.

According to officials of Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL) the dam could have filled even earlier.

However, the officials kept releasing water from the dam to avoid floods in both the upper and the lower regions of the dam.

A few days ago, the dam was receiving over 2 lakh cusecs of water following heavy rain in the Krishna basin.

Due to the heavy inflow, the officials kept the outflow high by releasing water to the Narayanpur dam in Yadgir district.

About a fortnight ago, all the 26 crest gates of the reservoir were opened to discharge excess water.

Now, as the inflow has reduced, the officials are storing water helping the dam reach its full capacity.

The officials said that as the inflow was not constant, the water-level was being monitored.

On Saturday, inflow was recorded at 74,437 cusecs, while the outflow was 53,383 cusecs. The excess water was discharged through canals to the power generating unit of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL).

Better management

The better management of the water-level by KBJNL is believed to have helped avoid floods this year.

Deputy Commissioners of Bijapur and Bagalkot district say that they kept a constant watch on the water released from dams in Maharashtra and also the increased inflow owing to rain. A proper coordination between the officials of Maharashtra and Karnataka ensured that the water-level was maintained at the appropriate level thereby avoiding floods in the two districts, they said.

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