Almatti dam full, increase in water levels at Nagarjunasagar following heavy rains
Heavy rains lashing parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have come as a blessing in disguise for dams and reservoirs. Incessant rainfall has ensured heavy inflow into the Nagarjuna Sagar Project.
Water levels at the Nagarjunsagar dam stood at 540 feet as against the full reservoir level of 590 feet on Saturday. Good rainfall over the last few weeks in catchment areas allowed authorities to release water from the Srisailam Dam into Nagarjuna Sagar Project. The inflow into the dam has been increased to 2,68,537 cusecs.
In Karnataka, water levels at Almatti dam have reached full capacity of 1704.81 feet. Water level at Krishnaraja Sagar dam (KRS), the lifeline of many districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu , has remained above 110 feet for well over a week. Parts of Karnataka including the capital city of Bengaluru have been witnessing heavy rainfall. While the unseasonal heavy rains have caused massive damage to life and property in the city, they have led to rising water levels at dams and reservoirs. The Kabini dam recorded water level of 2281.76 as on Monday.
The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday released water for irrigation from the Manjalar and Sothuparai dams. The move is expected to benefit 5,259 acres - 2,111 acres in Dindigul district and 3,148 acres in Theni district. Water will be released for the next 152 days from the dams. Water level at the Manjalar dam stood at 55 feet on Sunday.