ANDHRA PRADESH

Power station asked to look for alternatives

Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station at Ibrahimpatnam has been asked to make alternative arrangements for releasing water into the Budameru Diversion Channel after using it for cooling purposes. Krishna district Collector N. Sridhar, reviewing the progress of Polavaram Canal works here on Thursday, set a two-month deadline for completion of the works. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had set a deadline of 40 days but it could not be met because of rains and subsequent floods in Budameru. Currently, the power station has to release about 3,000 cusecs of water from the plant into the diversion channel after utilising it for cooling purposes. The Polavaram Canal joins the diversion channel at the Velagaleru Regulator en route to the Krishna. There is a 1.8-km stretch of the diversion channel across which there are pipes and bridges that should be widened to increase the capacity.

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