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The leakages forced irrigation officials to lift all four floodgates resulting in release of 40,000 cusecs of water. Reports reaching here said the officials noticed two leakages on the right canal and each leakage measured about a metre and alerted district officials. The leakages occurred at the fag end of the right canal.
As the leakages were likely to increase further, the authorities as a precautionary measures lifted the four flood gates. Due to the release of water, over 10,000 acres are believed to have been inundated and standing crops on hundreds of acres submerged.
The Satnala project, about 17 km from here, had attained the Full Reservoir Level after heavy rain lashed the catchment area in the last few days. The District Collector, K. Ramakrishna Rao, and other revenue officials rushed to the project on receipt of information. The Collector directed mandal revenue officers to alert residents of 20 villages near the project.
He visited Padi B and Padi K villages and asked the villagers to be on alert in the event of inundation of the villages. Some residents, however, shifted to safer places anticipating flooding. There was palpable tension in several villages as reports of leakages did the rounds. Though the threat of flooding came down, the villagers are still panicky.
The Collector directed irrigation officials to take up repair work at the earliest and ensure that the leakages are plugged immediately.
Some of the ryots, who met the Collector, lamented that the negligence of the irrigation staff had caused the present crisis. They alleged that the irrigation staff had never paid attention to the proper maintenance of the project. The Divisional Engineer, Satnala project, Srinivas, accompanied the Collector.
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