The Srisailam reservoir on the Krishna river has begun to get heavy inflows due to rains in the catchment areas and in the neighbouring States of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

With inflows of about 72,000 cusecs today, the water level in the reservoir has gone up to 808 feet as against full reservoir level of 885 feet.

With most major dams on the river Krishna filling up in Karnataka, they have begun to let out water from Almatti and Narayanpur dams. The water has boosted the level at the Priyadarshini Jurala project.

The Jurala project is close to its full reservoir level of 318 feet and has begun to let out water by lifting 10 crest gates. Power generation from three of the six units of 39 mw each has commenced at Jurala hydel project.

If the current level of inflows continue for a few more days, the water level is likely to go up further at Srisailam project, thereby enabling the State to consider hydel power generation. In the past few days, the level has gone up by about 10 ft.

(This article was published on August 14, 2012)
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