KSEB sources say that unabated rain in catchment areas is an encouraging sign.
"In early August, the situation was so grim that even if the generation was restricted to below 10 MU a day, the reservoir storage was sufficient for not more than 50 days," a KSEB engineer said.
Continuous rains have also discouraged consumption. The daily consumption has dropped to 48 million units as against the norm of 53 MU.
However, the total reservoir capacity is still the lowest in the last five years.
This year it is 1,446 MU. In 2011 it was 3,012 MU, 2010 it was 2,606 MU, 2009 it was 2,470 MU and in 2008 it was 2,229 MW.
The late surge of the monsoon has been especially kind to Sabarigiri hydel project.
The inflow to dams has increased considerably after four days of rains in and around catchment areas of the dam. Kakki river has received a copious 28 cm and Pampa 26 cm.
Rains have also revived operations in Anathode and Kakki dams under Sabarigiri.
With the water level in Anathode rising, water has started flowing to Kakki through the link tunnel. Last month, when the monsoon had virtually vanished, the link between the two dams snapped.
Source - Deccan herald