HYDERABAD: Three out of 17 floodgates of Himayathsagar reservoir opened at around 4 pm, on Tuesday, after inflows reached its full reservoir level of 1764 feet.
Incessant rains in Hyderabad for over 48 hours has led to heavy inflows to Himayathsagar reservoir, one of the drinking water sources to certain areas of Old City and part of Hyderabad city.
This is the second consecutive year that floodgates of this reservoir were opened.
In October 2020, when the city had witnessed its worst floods, officials of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) opened all 17 floodgates in a phased manner.
“Currently four floodgates were opened to a height of one-feet each, releasing excess water, Ravi Kumar, Director-technical, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB),” told TOI. Based on the inflows, we will open more floodgates, he said.
Though, inflows have arrived for the past a week into the reservoir, and officials were ascertaining the inflows situation on hourly basis, said a senior HMWS&SB official.
Meanwhile, red alert sounded in six mandals including Golconda, Bandlaguda, Asifnagar, Nampally, Charminar and Himayathnagar, situated along the Musi River, where several areas may likely have affected due to open the floodgates of Himayathsagar and releasing excess water.


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