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Power generation starts at Srisailam

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, AUG. 12. After a gap of six months, the hydel stations of the Srisailam project commenced generation this morning making use of improved storage in the reservoir. The stations were closed on February 5.

The reservoir rose to 865 ft holding 166 tmcft. AP Genco switched on one of the seven units on the right bank and four of the six on the left bank. The machines were harnessing 600 MW throughout the day out of a total of 1,670 MW capacity available on both sides, contributing 15 million units to the grid, according to Bh. Satyanarayana Murthy, Director (Hydel), AP Genco.

The units would be run for 10-15 days more like this, especially during peaks hours and as and when the grid required, he said. It would be a twin-objective task--power generation and supplementing Nagarjunasagar.

Water level

Srisailam was discharging about 30,000 cusecs down the line to the near empty Nagarjunasagar. The releases from Srisailam was allowed only after the water level crossed the 854-ft mark, the sill-level for Rayalaseema region. It would also supplement Nagarjunasagar serving Coastal Andhra and Telangana.

Power output from Srisailam may not be significant as the demand-supply gap is at its minimum these days due to widespread rain in the State which brought down agriculture and domestic loads. It gives relief to the overstrained thermal stations which were made to run without annual maintenance work. The output is around 137 mu per day.

The Principal Secretary for Irrigation, C. V. S. K. Sarma, said Srisailam was still getting a heavy inflow of 2 lakh cusecs and the trend was likely to continue.

The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, would shortly convene an all-party meeting to discuss region-wise distribution.

Our Staff Reporter in Kurnool writes:

Meanwhile, the Srisailam Right Main Canal was reopened releasing 2,000 cusecs. The Nandyal MP, S.P.Y. Reddy, the MLAs — Katasani Rambhupal Reddy and Gouru Charita — formally operated the gates allowing the water flow into the canal. The Irrigation Superintending Engineer,, V.V. Nageswara Rao, said out of the 2,000 cusecs, about 1,000 cusecs would be taken to the Velugodu balancing reservoir, 500 cusecs to Srisailam Right Bank Canal and 500 to escape channel which can be used to supplement the KC canal.

Tungabhadra rises

The level in the Srisailam reservoir reached 866.40 ft accounting for a storage of 172.581 tmcft. The inflow into the reservoir was 2,19,839 cusecs. The level in the Tungabhadra dam rose to 1631.17 ft while the inflow was recorded at 41,000 cusecs. The reservoir will become surplus in three to four days.

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