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Alamatti reservoir almost full

Staff Correspondent

Officials say there are no plans to release water into the Krishna



NATURE'S BOUNTY: A view of the Alamatti Dam, where water-level is about 10 cm short of reaching the full reservoir level.

BIJAPUR: Alamatti Dam is almost full even as controversy is raging whether to comply with the Centre's directive asking the State to limit the water level in the reservoir to 509 metres till the month end.

On Monday, the water level reached 519.5 metres as against the full reservoir level of 519.6 metres. It is the highest level of storage this rainy season. Water level reached 519.38 metres in the first week of August but was reduced to 515.8 metres after floods.

As only 10 centimetres is left to reach the brim level, the dam authorities decided to maintain balance between inflow and outflow. The inflow was 31,400 cusecs on Monday. The discharge, which was 12,300 cusecs in the morning, was raised to 31,400 cusecs in the afternoon.

Sources told The Hindu that the discharge is being done not through the crest gates but through hydroelectric plant (Alamatti Dam Powerhouse). Four of the six units have now started generating power, which helped reduce the pressure on Raichur Thermal Power Station. About 46,000 cusecs discharge is required to run all six units at optimum capacity of 290 MW.

According to sources, there is no proposal to reduce the water level notwithstanding the Centre's letter to this effect. The present water level will be maintained as the monsoon is over in the Western Ghat section. If water level is reduced, there is no guarantee of enough inflow to fill the dam, and it will jeopardise water supply to command area of over five lakh hectares under the Upper Krishna Project, they added.

If the water level is reduced to 509 metres as directed by the Centre at the behest of Maharashtra, the storage will dip to 25.3 tmcft from the present quantum (storage) of 121 tmcft that includes 15 tmcft of dead storage. Reservoir holds major portion of the storage of 123 tmcft only above 516 metres level, they said.

Moreover, sources said Maharashtra's apprehension that the Alamatti Dam, when full, causes floods in its territory is totally unfounded. It is illogical to make such allegation as the full reservoir level (519.6 metres) is far bellow the elevation of the Krishna riverbed on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border.

The Narayanpur Dam is almost full. Water level touched 492.03 metres as against the full reservoir level of 492.252 metres.

The live storage stands at a little over 25 tmcft.

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