Nizambad: Early inflows into the Sriramsagar project, the lifeline for the northern districts of the state, has raised hopes of farmers. Rain over the last few days in the upstream areas has increased inflows into the river Godavari.
The Sriramsagar project has received 5.331 tmc ft of water since June 1. Compared with last year, the project has more water, and people of the composite districts of Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad and Nizamabad are hopeful of water to cultivate their crops for the ensuing kharif season.
On Saturday, water stood at 1,058 feet against the full reservoir level is 1,091 ft. The reservoir had an estimated 11.496 tmc ft of water. On the same day last year, the level was 1,055.1 feet and with 9.631 tmc ft.
The project is receiving 6,160 cusecs. Water has not been released into the Kakatiya, Saraswathi and Laxmi canals. The water from the project will be used for trial runs of the prestigious Mission Bhagiratha scheme in Nizamabad and Adilabad districts.
Following the directives of the Supreme Court, the gates of the Babli project at Dharmabad were opened to release water into the Godavari. Maharashtra irrigation officials are monitoring the levels in upstream projects and releasing water into the Godavari, which is reaching SRSP.
The project received 34.60 mm of rain on Saturday, and 316 mm from June 1. However, the catchment areas of the Sriramsagar project in undivided Nizamabad and Adilabad districts have not received much rain.
The SRSP had reached dead storage level in summer and early inflows into the project changed the scenario. Irrigation officials are hopeful that the water would cater the needs of drinking water as well as agriculture sector in north Telangana districts.
irrigation officials of Telangana state, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are monitoring the water flow in the Godavari and the Central Water Commission is coordinating water release and storage.