Heavy rains fill state's reservoirs in one day


Joseph Mathew

One day of heavy rain brings water to generate power for 10 days. The downpour on Sunday carried water to the hydroelectric dams that is enough to generate about 160 million unit (MU) electricity.

Kochi: In a single day, the reservoirs in the state were filled with rain water that is adequate to generate electricity required for 10 days. The downpour on Sunday carried water to the hydroelectric dams that is enough to generate about 160 million unit (MU) electricity.

Looking at the average production figures, this water is adequate to generate electricity for ten days. The rest have to be purchased from outside. Idukki reservoir got enough water to produce 53.87 MU. Sabarigiri has water to generate 29.47 MU power. There was heavy rain in all the areas where the reservoirs are located.

On Sunday, consumption of power had come down to 53.26 MU, which is less than the usual decline in consumption on Sundays. Many of the village regions in Kerala suffered power shortage as the electricity lines snapped in heavy rain and winds. The state had increased power production recently as the electricity from other states was reduced due to the lack of coal.

Presently, all the dams together contain water adequate to produce 2475.47 MU electricity. This is much better than in the previous year when the reservoirs had water to produce 2236.62 MU power. KSEB officials expect that the state will get water to produce an additional 1000-1500 MU in the coming days. The dams contain about 60 per cent water in total. Sholayar, Peringalkuthu and Lower Periyar dams are already full. Ponmudi and Neriamangalam dams have 97 per cent water.

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