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Krishna in spate as Maharashtra releases more water

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Belagavi | Thursday, Sep 22 2016 IST
The water level along Krishna river innorthern districts showed an upward trend today following heavydischarge from dams, upstream in Maharashtra, causing flood scare in Karnataka.

Officials said over 38,000 cusecs of water was being releasedfrom Rajapur barrage and Koyna dam in Maharashtra into the rivercourse due to heavy rains in the catchment areas.

''The situation is now under control. If the inflow increasessome areas may get inundated by tomorrow,'' an official in Chikkodiin this district said.

The outflow from Koyna was measured at 53,276 Cusecs today.

The increasing level of water resulted overflowing ofKallola-Yadur Barrage-cum-bridge till this morning but later in theday the bridge was opened for vehicular traffic.

According to Chikkodi Thasildar, a total 38,307 cusecs of water wasreleased from Maharashtra Dams. This included 636 cusecs from DoomDam, 674 Cusecs from Kaneri, 3555 cusecs from Warna, 2000 cusecsfrom Radha Nagari.

A Vijayapura report said down stream the river the officials ofKrishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Ltd (KBJNL) started releasing more waterfrom the Almatti dam into the river as the reservoir level hit themaximum level of 519.6 meters MSL.

According to KBJNL sources 56,253 cusecs of water was now beingreleased to downstream Narayanapur reservoir. The total storagelevel of the dam was at 124 tmcft.

The officials, however, ruled out any possibility of floodsthreat and said that only if the discharge touches 2.5 lakhcusecs limits. the river will be flooded. They said that if theinflow into the dam goes up again, more water would have to be released.

If the inflows remain good till October-end, it will be ideal forwater release into the canals till March next year, a boon forfarmers in the basin, officials said.

A total of 6 lakh hectares of land is being fed from the damthrough the canals, beginning July 17 with a minimum daily releaseof 12,000 cusecs. Yet, the water level in the reservoir has not come down.

As a precautionary step, the officials issued an alert to thepeople living on the banks of the river asking them not to graze their animals near the river and not to stay close to the bank.

Power generation has also resumed at the unit located on theright side of the dam. About 250 MW of power was generated today.The total power generation capacity of the unit is 290 MW.

People in the region have requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiahto offer 'bagina' to the dam soon. He was to arrivein the district on September 16 to offer pooja but it was postponedbecause of Cauvery disturbance.UNI HVN-SD RS CS 1614

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0285-945256.Xml

 
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