Vijayawada, Aug 13 : Following heavy inflows into river Krishna, the crest gates were lifted at Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar dams, Pulichintala project and Prakasam barrage to discharge water to downstream, on Tuesday. The Irrigation officials lifted 70 crest gates of Prakasam barrage here to let the flood water into the sea. The officials said that several lakh cusecs of flood water is expected to reach Prakasam Barrage in the next two days. At present 10 feet water was impounded at the barrage.
The Prakasam barrage is receiving lakhs of cusecs of flood water after a long gap of 11 years. Following lifting of 70 crest gates at the Prakasam barrage, District Collector A Md.Imtiaz asked the Revenue and Police officials to alert the people residing in low lying areas downstream to the barrage. The Collector visited the Prakasam barrage today and monitored the discharge of water. The Krishna district authorities have set up flood control rooms here and in district headquarter Machilipatnam and the phone numbers as 0866-2422515, 0866-2574454 and 08672-252847.
Following 8.66 lakh cusecs of water reached the Srisailam project, 8.68 lakh cusecs of water is being released by lifting 10 crest gates to the downstream Nagarjuna Sagar project. At present 183 TMC of water is impounded at the Srisailam project. Nagarjuna Sagar project is receiving 8.35 lakh cusecs of water and 5.32 lakh cusecs of water is being released by lifting 26 crest gates to the downstream Pulichinatala project. About 263 TMC of water is impounded at the Sagar project against its full capacity of 312 TMC. The Pulichintala project is receiving 4.46 lakh cusecs of water and the same is being discharged to the downstream Prakasam barrage by lifting 17 crest gates.
At present 18 TMC of water was impounded at the Pulichintala project against the full capacity of 45.77 TMC. The backwaters of Pulichintala entered into Gopalapuram, Bhodan, Chityala, Kolluru and Pulichintala villages. The officials shifted the villagers to safer places. Meanwhile, a large number of people thronged to the Prakasam barrage located on the south side of the Vijayawada city, to see the picturesque of lakhs of cusecs of water gushing down from 70 crest gates. The Prakasam barrage received over 9 lakh cusecs of flood water last time in 1998.UNI