Devineni Uma opens Srisailam floodgates, releases water

Srisailam Gates

Srisailam Gates

According to the Irrigation Department officials, two gates were lifted for about 10 feet each to let the water pass through the spillway resulting in a lovely sight at the dam.

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. But, there were change in the AP plans and only two of the gates ( No 6 and 7 ) were lifted this morning.

On Wednesday night, water stood at 884.40 ft at Srisailam, against the full reservoir level of 885 ft.

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.

On the other hand, the total outflows from the project at 1 pm was at 1,42,392 cusecs, of which 55,874 cusecs was down the spillway. The water will reach Nagarjunasagar project. With rains continuing to lash upper catchment areas of the project, significant inflows are expected to continue for some more time. About 65 TMC ft of water has been released to Nagarjunasagar so far this season improving its water storage to over 162 TMC ft against its capacity of 312 TMC ft.