Hyderabad: The rainwater in the catchment areas have not been reaching the reservoirs on account of various factors.
“There are rains in the catchment area, but due to water getting impounded in tanks in the many villages in Ranga Reddy, we may not get full inflows,” said Mr V. Satyanarayana, the executive director of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Board.
Srisailam chief engineer (AP) G. Chittibabu said, “Tungabhadra inflows into Sunkesula barrage is still around 50,000 cusecs; after releasing 2,500 cusecs to KC Canal, the remaining water is being released in the river to reach Srisailam.”
Meanwhile, in another welcome development, Jurala, the first major irrigation project on Krishna River, attained full reservoir level on Thursday afternoon.
And with the levels still rising, authorities had to operate two penstock gates to release 8,000 cusecs each to downstream Krishna River after generating 39 MW each of hydel power.
“We are still getting 20,000 cusecs inflows into the dam, we will operate another penstock gate this night to allow total outflow 24,000 cusecs into the river,” said superintending engineer of Jurala T. Khagender. Jurala outflows will take 36 hours to reach Srisailam Dam.
He, clarified that Jurala inflows were due to local rains and not releases from Narayanpur Dam in Karnataka. In contrast to the situation at the AP-TS border with Karnataka, the inflows in Almatti have declined to just 2,702 cusecs.
The downstream Narayanpur Dam has almost reached its full level and inflows are being diverted to canals. Even Tungabhadra Dam in Hospet, was getting less inflows — 8,110 cusecs on Thursday morning.