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Srisailam dam fills up, two crest gates lifted to release water

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on January 08, 2018

The Srisailam Dam on the Krishna river has filled up the massive reservoir, a lifeline for Telugu States, forcing Irrigation Department to lift two crest gates to release water downstream.

Due to huge inflows in to the dam it hit the full reservoir level of 885 feet and full storage capacity of 215 TMC.

Devineni Uma, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister today performed puja at the dam site and supervised the lifting of two crest gates to release water downstream into the Nagarjunasagar dam.

Fresh inflows from dams in Karnataka and other sources has further boosted dam storage forcing irrigation authorities to release water.

The copious inflows and release of water, along with hydel power generation from the Left and Right bank power houses will not only add about 1600 MW to the grid in two States but expected to boost water level in Nagarjunasagar which did not have major water inflows this monsoon.

Uma later expressed hope that Nagarjunasagar also would get filled up bringing cheer to both the lower riperian States of AP and Telangana.

Published on October 12, 2017

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