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Fifth gate of Narayanpur Dam cracks open, water spews out

Special Correspondent

Authorities unable to lower emergency gate to stem the flow as crane is not working


  • Gate cracked with a loud bang around 10.30 a.m.
  • Outflow from dam nearly 1 lakh cusecs
  • Water-level said to have fallen by 2 m
  • Help sought to repair crane
  • KBJNL Managing Director says incident will not deprive farmers of water for irrigation

    GULBARGA: The fifth gate of the Narayanpur Dam cracked open on Thursday morning and nearly 1 lakh cusecs of water is flowing out of the dam.

    According to reports available here, the authorities are unable to take up emergency repairs or lower the emergency gate to arrest the flow of the water because the crane needed to lift the emergency gate into position is not functioning.

    Five fishermen lucky

    Reports said the gate cracked with a loud bang around 10.30 a.m. and water started gushing out. Five fishermen who were fishing nearby had a miraculous escape after being swept away for nearly a kilometre by the sudden gush of water. The fishermen clung on to a rock in the middle of the river and later swam to safety. Within minutes the entire gate was ripped out and the inspection gantry was partially damaged by the torrent of water.

    No senior official was present at the dam when the incident occurred. Some people who heard the sound of the gate cracking informed the authorities at the camp office at Narayanpur. Senior officials, including Chief Engineer in-charge Balasubramanya, rushed to the dam and tried to move the crane from near the 25th gate to the 5th gate. But the crane, which has remained unused for more than a year, failed to work.

    The officials then tried to haul the 80-tonne crane with the help of a truck, but that did not succeed either. According to reports, the officials have sought help to repair the crane from Bangalore and other centres.

    The Managing Director of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL), A.P. Joshi, however, maintained that the authorities are on the job to lower the emergency gate to arrest the flow of water. He said over the phone from Bangalore that the emergency gate is likely to be assembled lowered on Thursday night or by Friday morning.

    Mr. Joshi said there is no need for farmers in the command area to fear that they will be deprived of water for their crops because of the failure of one of the gates of the dam. The Alamatti Dam is full and inflow into the reservoir is still continuing, he said.

    Reports said the storage in the Narayanpur Dam has come down by more than 2 m because of the outflow of water. The water-level is said to have come down from 491 m to 489 m by Thursday evening. The storage in the Narayanpur Dam is around 31 tmcft and the inflow is about 15,000 cusecs.

    The dam irrigates 4.21 lakh hectares in Shahapur, Surpur and Jewargi taluks in Gulbarga district, Sindagi and Indi taluks in Bijapur district and Lingsugur and Devadurga in Raichur district.

    Alamatti gates shut

    Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports:

    Authorities stopped the discharge of water from the Alamatti Dam on Thursday afternoon immediately after they were informed.

    Around 18,000 cusecs of water was being released from the dam. The authorities said there is no cause for worry as the inflow is relatively low at 27,000 cusecs.

    The Executive Engineer of the Alamatti Dam Division, Gopalkrishna Gupta, said if the inflow continues at the present rate the dam will fill up in three days.

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