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Rains no help in resolving CSTPS water crisis

Good rainfall all across the district during the last two days has brought no respite to the  water woes of Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) and Chandrapur town. Both are dependent upon the Irai dam for their water supply, and there has been negligible rainfall in the catchment area of the dam, with no rise in the water level, sources in CSTPS said.

CSTPS, the biggest thermal power plant in the state, with power generation capacity of 2,340 MW, is faced with a never before water crisis as its sole water source, the Irai dam, is fast running out of water. With the water available in the dam, the power plant can continue production only till February 2010.

In such a situation, the rains over the last 24 hours were seen as a god-sent to resolve the water crisis. However, this downpour has brought no rise in the water level of the Irai dam. "With almost no rainfall in the catchment areas of the dam, the water level in the reservoir has witnessed no rise. The water level continues to be 201.650 meters, which is slightly a meter above the minimum draw down level (MDDL) of 200.500 meter," said sources in CSTPS.

Sources in the district administration informed that the district has witnessed good rainfall with average of 15.3mm per tehsil on Tuesday. While Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Sawali, Mul, Rajura and Korpana teshils received ample downpour, above 20mm, the remaining tehsils got lesser rains. Unfortunately, the catchment area of Irai and Chargaon dams, which mostly falls in Chimur and Warora tehsil, received negligible rainfall, giving no respite from the water problem.

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