Heavy rains fill up Telangana reservoirs, Kerala dams low on water
heavy rains in the last 24 hours in Telangana have led to water levels in reservoirs rising. Torrential rainfall in north Telangana resulted in heavy inflows into irrigation projects Nizamsagar and Sriram Sagar. Water level in Sripada Yellampally Project has reached 473.5 feet as against full reservoir level of 485.5 feet
Nizamsagar has received 2,947 cusecs and Sriram Sagar has received an inflow of 5,116 cusecs due to good rains. Water level at Kaddam project has reached 687 feet as against the full capacity of 700 feet. As on Sunday, Taliperu reservoir had 29,450 cusecs water. 11 gates were opened to release water fearing overflow. Water levels in projects like Pocharam, Kalyan and Koulas Nala have reached the maximum.
In situation is in stark contrast to Kerala where dams are still running low on water levels. There has been a deficit of 52 to 65 per cent in the rainfall in the Parambikulam-Aliyar catchment area resulting in merely 2.5 tmc water in the Parambikulam group of dams. At this time during regular monsoon, the dams should have had at least 10 to 12 tmc water. Water level at Malampuzha dam is only 106.2 metres , which is 30 per cent lower than the full storage level.
In Karnatakam expect the Almatti dam, no other reservoir has reached full capacity. While water is being released from the Cauvery basin reservoirs for drinking purposes, the government has requested farmers not to sow paddy. The water level in Supa stood 64 ft away from full capacity. The Harangi is nearing full capacity with 2855 ft water level as against the full capacity of 2859 ft.
In Tamil Nadu, along with water levels in dams, hopes are rising. But water levels are still low in comparison to last year. Five major reservoirs in Tamil Nadu have collectively recorded 71 per cent lesser storage this year when compared with the normal storage levels. The live storage in Stanley reservoir at Mettur was 18 per cent of its full reservoir level as on August 17.