State begins hydel power generation

Wed 13 Sep 2017, 13:15:18
Telangana finally started generating power from Srisailam Left Bank Power Station (SLPS) and releasing water downstream. As per the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) direction, the water is being released after generating power from SLPS. From the midnight of Monday , nearly 6,670 cusecs of water was released and Telangana Genco generated 2.55 million units of energy. 

The water is headed to Nagarjunsagar where the level is hovering around 500 feet. The inflows will save the day for Hyderabad city and Nalgonda districts which are suffering due to fall in the water level at Puttamgandi off-take point. The inflows is likely to increase the water level to above 500 feet making it easier to draw water and deliver the same to Hyderabad and Nalgonda.

“We are testing our units in the left bank power house and this is only a trail run. We are waiting for the instructions from the state government on commencing the hydel generation from Srisailam,“ said D Prabhakar Rao, CMD, Telangana Genco. Telangana Genco has alre ady stepped up hydel generation at Jurala. The Jurala Hydel power station is at present generating 5.89 million units of power thus saving `15 crore worth purchases to the state. In the last one week, all units in Jurala hydel station have been pressed into service to harness the water as increased inflows into Jurala has raised hopes of cheaper power for the state.

Meanwhile, Srisailam is receiving about 37,000 cusecs inflows from Tungabhadra and Jurala resevoirs. Tungabhadra is releasing about 7515 cusecs water while Jurala is letting out about 30,000 cusecs.With increased inflows, the water level at Srisailam has reached 830 feet with a storage of over 45 TMC feet.

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