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High alert as Krishna dams overflow

Staff Reporter

Flood reaches critical stage; Srisailam reservoir gets heavy inflows



GUSH OF WATER: Water being released into the river by opening crest gates at Srisailam dam on Tuesday.

KURNOOL: The dams on the Krishna and its tributaries were put on high alert on Tuesday as the flood flow reached the critical stage. Srisailam dam discharged 4.09 lakh cusecs, including 77,000 cusecs for power generation, by evening.

Tungabhadra dam at Hospet overflowed discharging 45,000 cusecs into the river. The flood discharge is likely to be enhanced to one lakh cusecs by midnight. The Tungabhadra flood will reach Srisailam in a day. Swollen Tungabhadra, Bhima, Gokak and the Krishna are likely to discharge a huge deluge into the Srisailam reservoir by Wednesday.

The deluge was the result of the incessant rain in Karnataka and Maharashtra. As per a forecast of the Central Water Commission, the flood flow into the reservoir will peak to seven lakh cusecs, which is considered the highest in the recent past. Earlier, tension gripped the staff working on the crest gates at Srisailam as the obstacles in the spillway could not be removed immediately due to failure of a motor.

Eight gates opened

The staff resorted to manual lifting of the equipment from the apron. The manual operation delayed the flood discharge by six hours. The team succeeded in opening six gates late on Monday night. The discharge was enhanced to 3.26 lakh cusecs by opening eight crest gates out of 12 to a height of 20 ft.

The left and right bank powerhouses generated 30.380 million units of power and on Wednesday, all the 13 units were operated to utilise the flood flow downstream.

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