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Sunkesula barrage level goes up

Staff Reporter

34,000 cusecs of floodwater discharged; Officials pulled up for not acting in time



IN FULL FLOW: The flood discharge in the Tungabhadra river at Sunkesula on Monday.

KURNOOL: Around 34,000 cusecs of water was discharged at the Sunkesula barrage after the flood in the Tungabhadra reached the reservoir in the early hours of Monday. The level in the reservoir rose to 290.5 meters accounting for a storage of 0.6 tmcft as against the capacity of 1.2 tmcft.

As the inflow declined to 10,000 cusecs by evening, the gates were closed to impound more water in the reservoir. The KC Canal is likely to be reopened on Tuesday.

The district Collector, Vikas Raj, pulled up the irrigation officials for not reopening the canal on Monday despite heavy flow into the reservoir.

The irrigation officials delayed the reopening to remove the machines from the canal bed deployed for modernisation works. Also, he instructed the irrigation officials to impound water to full level in order to make use of the unexpected flood.

The canal would be reopened after the bund across the canal was removed which was constructed to impound water in the canal to meet the drinking water needs in summer.

The flow is likely to sustain for a week in the river which was contributed by flood to the Hagari, a tributary of the Tungabhadra with catchment area in Bellary district of Karnataka.

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