Officials told to be ready to handle floods after excess water alert

Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatesh Kumar during his visit to Sonna Barrage in Afzalpur taluk on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner R. Venkatesh Kumar during his visit to Sonna Barrage in Afzalpur taluk on Monday.  

Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner visits Sonna Barrage for inspection

Alerted by the release of excess water from Veer and Ujjani reservoirs in Maharashtra, Deputy Commissioner of Kalaburagi R. Venkatesh Kumar on Monday visited Allagi (B) village and surrounding areas that sit on the banks of Sonna Barrage in Afzalpur taluk facing the threat of floods.

As per Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited (KNNL) officials, Maharashtra released 70,000 cusecs of water from the Veer Dam built across the Nira river, a tributary of the Bhima, and 64,000 cusecs of water from the Ujjani Dam built across the Bhima on Monday afternoon.

The water released from Ujjani Dam is expected to reach Sonna bridge-cum-barrage built across the Bhima in Afzalpur taluk.

“The Sonna bridge-cum-barrage can hold 3.1 tmcft of water. At present, it has around 2 tmcft. When the freshly released water reaches the barrage, we will have to open all the 29 gates if the water level touches the brim,” KNNL Engineer Lakshmikanth Biradar told the Deputy Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner told Afzalpur tahsildar Madhuraj Kudli and other officers to be prepared to handle the situation if floods hit the area.

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