Power generation resumes at Almatti, Linganamakki stations

Train services affected due to landslides at some places

 
Several houses in Nandavara in Bantwal taluk submerged after the water level in River Nethravathi crossed the danger mark. Dh PhotoIn Almatti in Bagalkot district, the 290-MW hydel station, which had stopped generation in March, produced about 200 mw units on Saturday. In Shimoga district,  Sharavati hydel power project generated power on Saturday as the water level in Linganamakki reservoir rose by 51 feet in past 15 days.

Power generation in 55-MW Linganamakki station had stopped in June due to depletion of water in the reservoir. Water level in the reservoir stood at 1,793 feet on Saturday, 33 feet more that last year's figure. About 40 MW power was produced in the station.

With water level steadily rising, power generation in Sharavati, Mahatma Gandhi and Gerusoppa stations of Sharavati hydel project is likely to be increased in the coming days.

Cancelled

A Hubli report said as tracks have been damaged due to land slides and sinkages on the Londa-Vasco-da-Gama section in Goa and between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road in Dakshina Kannada district, the SouthWestern Railway has cancelled some trains. The Yeshwantpur-Mangalore-Yeshwantpur (train numbers 6517/6518) has been cancelled till July 19.

Howrah-Vasco-da-Gama Amaravathi Express (train number 8047) will run between Howrah and Hubli on July 20 and 21 and between Hubli and Howrah on July 19, 21, and 23. Likewise, train number 2780 Hazarat Nizamuddin-Vasco-da-Gama Goa Express leaving Hazarat Nizamuddin on July 19 and 20 will terminate at Londa, but the Hubli bogies will come to Hubli. In the return direction, the train will start from Londa on July 22, while it is joined by the bogies from Hubli.

Train number 7310 Vasco-Yeshwantpur Express on July 19 has been cancelled. Train numbers 7309/7310/7309 Yeshwantpur-Vasco-da-Gama-Yeshwantpur has been cancelled on July 19, 20 and 21. Also, train number 1605/1606 Miraj-Castlerock-Miraj will run only between Miraj and Londa on July 19 and 20. The Hubli-Vasco-Hubli train has been cancelled on July 20 and 21.

Rain which lashed the Shimoga district for the past 15 days provided some respite on Saturday. Movement of vehicles on National Highway 13 near Mandagadde resumed as water in Tunga river has come down. However Gowrihalla in Shikaripur taluk continued to flow above the road which connects Shikaripur with Hanagal paralysing the vehicular movement. A Mangalore report said rains have claimed three more lives - one each in Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Chikmagalur districts.

Following the incessant rains and steep rise in water levels in River Kumaradhara and River Nethravathi, the water entered Sahasralingeshwara temple at Uppinangady, popularly known as Sangama Kshetra. In fact, the priests offered bagina after the temple was covered on all sides by flood water.

Danger-level

The flood waters also entered Bantwal town as the River Nethravathi is flowing above the danger-level. Several houses at Nandavara in Bantwal were submerged as the level in River Nethravathi crossed the danger-level. In fact, these houses have been submerged after many years.

Meanwhile, the NH-48 was blocked on Saturday morning for over two hours after the Mangalore-Bangalore highway was inundated at Udane. As a result, the buses travelling to and from Bangalore were stranded. The vehicles usually take an alternative route via Ichalampady whenever the traffic on the highway gets affected, but they could not do so, as the road at Ichalampady had caved in. There was improvement in flood situation in Kodagu district as rains subsided. However, Chikmagalur has been experiencing heavy rains and life has been badly hit.

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