Hyderabad: The crest gate of Musi project, which was washed away on Saturday night, will be replaced within the next 48 hours. The State government has decided to carry out further repair works to strengthen the dam gates, before October 9. Officials said there was no need for people to panic as the government has expedited all efforts to check the outflow of water from the project..
A high-level team of officials comprising Special Secretary for the Chief Minister Smita Sabharwal, Engineering-in-Chief (Irrigation) Muralidhar Rao and others, rushed to the project site on Sunday, following directions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. They have been empowered to take necessary decisions to prevent any untoward incident after a crest gate washed away. The Chief Minister deployed the officials after Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy who has been monitoring the situation since Saturday, alerted the former about the condition of the project over phone. Speaking to mediapersons after assessing the situation, Jagadish Reddy said five additional new crest gates were manufactured for the Musi project in 1991, of which three gates are with the Andhra Pradesh government. All five gates were shifted to Tirupati to be used in the construction of Kalyani dam. “Since only two gates were used in Kalyani dam, the remaining three gates are still available with the Andhra Pradesh government which will be brought to Hyderabad and fixed on Musi project within 48 hours. Neccessary arrangements are being made on a war-footing,” he said. After fixing the crest gate, the officials will take up further repair works on the Musi projects to stop water wastage. Water level at the project was 644.90 feet, just short of the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 645 feet when the crest gate got washed away on Saturday. By Sunday evening, the water level had dropped to 641.5 feet with outflows at 10,000 cusecs and inflows at 1,300 cusecs..