Two flood gates of the Srisailam Dam were opened on Thursday morning to let about 56,000 cusecs water into the Krishna river course. Lifting of the spillway gates of the joint major project of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States has been awaited for long this year as there were no significant inflows into the project till August-end this year.
The dam authorities lifted the two crest gates of spillway to 10 feet height, letting out the water at a discharge rate of 55,874 cusecs downstream of the river.
On Wednesday night, water stood at 884.40 ft at Srisailam, against the full reservoir level of 885 ft.
After performing formal Puja at the dam site, the gates were opened by AP Minister for Irrigation Devineni Uma Maheswar Rao who visited the Srisailam project along with the Engineering officials. But the inflow continued to more than the outflow and the AP irrigation officials were left with no choice to retain more than the gross capacity of the dam. The water will reach Nagarjunasagar project. 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.