Karnataka: Hydel Power plant gets submerged due to intensive floods

Floods have constantly disturbed the normal life in Karnataka. With the discharge of 5,91,000 cusecs of water from the Sonna Barrage on Bhima river in Afzalpur taluk in Kalaburagi, a 10.5 MW power generating unit was submerged on Monday. According to sources in the energy department, three units of 3.5 MW each were built in the Sonna Barrage to generate 10.5 MW power.

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Afzalpur is 521 km from Bengaluru. Bhima and Amarja rivers, the main branches of Krishna river run through this taluka. Due to massive rains in Maharashtra and north Karnataka, Kalaburagi continues to be one of the worst affected districts as several villages have submerged in floodwater. The state government has vacated several people to safer places. In Kalaburagi, more than 150 villages have been partially submerged in water and people of 50 villages have been shifted to safer places and a total of 23,250 people have been moved to government relief centers.

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Energy department sources stated that the project includes three contemporary generators of capacity to produce 3,500 KW (3.5 MW) power each, coupled with "S" Kaplan type turbines.  The project was functioning since 2014 and it was not built to withstand this kind of water flow. "Generally such projects are executed after studying various factors, but over a century's records also failed to guide anyone involved in this project that such a quantum of water would have to be released one day," another source from the energy department in Kalaburagi said.

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