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After water now electricity issues plague Maharashtra as Koyna dam goes dry

Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 8:18am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: The delay in rainfall activity is not only creating water crisis but also a power crisis for the people in Maharashtra. The Koyana dam in Satara which generates 1,960 MW electricity is generating only 110 MW electricity, as there is no water in the dam.

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The dam has a capacity of 105.25 TMC but at present the dam is holding only 8.61 TMC water. As there is no water in the dam, use of water for power generation has been stopped. According to the officials of irrigation department, "The Koyana dam has a capacity of generating 1960 MW power but since there is no rain and water level of the dam has gone so low, the power generation has also come down to 110 MW. The electricity is provided to a large part of the state, particularly in the evening."
Meanwhile the backwater area of the dam has gone dry as there is no water and the nearby villagers of are using the area to cross the dam. According to the local villagers, "They had not seen water level so low as they can easily walk from the backwater area. Usually around this time, there is 30 feet deep water level in the area, but now there is no water and there is no rain either."
While the water level has gone very low, the villagers do not have to search for fish. The villagers are now holding a weekly Bazaar in the backwater area."

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