Kushalnagar: Following copious rains across Kodagu district, the Harangi reservoir is almost full. The dam is two feet short of reaching its maximum level of 2,859 feet at 2,857 feet this morning.
Before the crest gates were opened, Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan offered ‘Bagina’ to River Cauvery after performing puja to the statue of River Cauvery located at the base of the reservoir this morning.
Executive Engineer Rajendra, Harangi Reservoir Assistant Engineer Nagaraju and other BJP leaders were present on the occasion.
This reservoir is the main source of water for KRS dam in Mandya district. Irrigation Department Executive Engineer Rajendra said that water from the Harangi reservoir is now being released intothe river.
Following heavy flow in recent days, water is also being released into irrigation canals.
The right bank cannals feeding irrigated lands in Hunsur and KR Nagar taluks of Mysuru district are getting 1,500 cusecs of water every day while 400 cusecs of water is being released to left-bank canals feeding lands towards Hassan district. The inflowing water is much clear compared to last year.
Experts opine that this is probably due to growth of vegetation at the areas of landslides, which had caused heavy damage in the region, last year.
Harangi Dam provides irrigation facility to thousands of acres of farmland in Periyapattana, Hunsur and KR Nagar of Mysuru district, Arkalgud taluk of Hassan district and Kodagu district.
The Harangi Dam can hold 8.5 TMC of water.