Hope floats as Cauvery flows into KRS

Hope floats as Cauvery flows into KRS

Mysuru/Mandya: The Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) that resembled a rocky terrain in the dry districts of North Karnataka rather than a reservoir is slowly getting filled though the amount of water flowing into the reservoir is not at the expected level.

This year was the first time since 1969 that vast expanses of the terrain especially on the eastern and western side of the reservoir have become visible. Lack of rains since the last two years and continuous release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu led to the present situation, say irrigation officials.

Now the good news is that thanks to copious rains in catchment areas including Kodagu and Hassan, the inflow has increased. Water level at the KRS this morning stood at 67.86 ft. with an inflow of 1,397 cusecs and an outflow of 1,075 cusecs.

According to irrigation officials at the reservoir, there has been a steady flow of water since the last eight days starting June 10 (see table). “It has been raining in the catchment areas and the initial rain water was absorbed by earth and only now water has started flowing into the reservoir,” an official said and added that it is a long way to go for the reservoir to reach its maximum level of 124.80 ft. “We are hoping for the best and the rains in the catchment areas must intensify for the inflow to increase,” the official said. From June 10, we have got about half TMC water and the inflow will increase if the rains continue,” he added.

READ ALSO  Mandya temperature crosses 40°C; water situation at KRS grim

The water level at the reservoir stands 7 feet less than the dead storage level of 60 feet. The reservoir normally reaches its full capacity of 124.80 feet between July and September.

Water level at Harangi Reservoir in Kodagu district is at 2,813 feet while the dam’s full capacity is 2,859 feet. Harangi is receiving 800-1,000 cusecs of water a day. Inflow is expected to increase once the catchment area starts receiving good rainfall. Likewise in Kabini too, there has been a steady flow of water as it is raining in Kerala, its catchment area.



June 17, 2017

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Mysuru's favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 39 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it's readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.