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Nagarjunasagar gates to open after 4 years

Hyderabad: Nagarjunasagar crest gates are all set to be lifted on Saturday as the dam attained full reservoir level. This is for the first time in four years that the crest  gates are being lifted.

Last time, the gates were lifted in September 2014.

Nagarjunasagar continues to receive good inflows from Srisailam. On Friday, the water level at Nagarjunasagar dam stood at 583 feet against FRL of 590 feet.

The storage capacity was 294 TMCs against full storage capacity of 312 TMCs.

Nagarjunasagar chief engineer S. Sunil said the gates would be lifted on Saturday. “Once the dam level reaches 585 feet, the crest gates will be opened. The current level is just two feet short of it by 8 pm on Thursday.  We expect the dam to reach 585 ft within few hours. We may open the gates anytime by Saturday,” he said.

The dam received inflow of 1,08,587 cusecs on Friday due to good outflows from Srisailam dam.

About 2,799 cusecs were released to right canal, 5,948 cusecs to left canal and 31,790 cusecs to power house to generate hydel power besides 2,400 cusecs to SLBC.