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Falling water level at KRS reservoir raises alarm

Data on reservoir levels in the state paints an alarming picture as water levels have been much less than the levels recorded during the same period last year.

Water level at the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir has dropped below 100 feet and stood at 96.63 feet on Monday, raising concerns about water availability for agricultural activities in the coming months in Mysuru region.

The Cauvery catchment areas in Kodagu district and upstream of the KRS have not received good rainfall this year.

Data on reservoir levels in the state paints an alarming picture as water levels have been much less than the levels recorded during the same period last year.

The water level on August 1 was 89.65 ft in 2010, 75.09 ft in 2012 and 96.63 ft now.  It is revealed that KRS water level is below 100 feet for the third time in a decade. With the maximum level being 124.8 ft, the dam requires 26 ft of water to reach its brim.

The inflow was 4,180 cusec and outflow 6,693 cusec on August 1. 

In the wake of water crisis, Cauvery Niravari Nigam (CNN) has said that it is impossible to provide water for two crops. They have advised the farmers to cultivate short term crops rather than long term courses. “If the farmers do not follow the guidelines, the CNN will not be responsible for the consequences arriving out of it.” 

When the water level is full, the water used to be released on a rotational basis. With the water situation being grim, it is said that rotation method would be adopted for the first crop itself. Accordingly, water would be released for 20 days in a month and stopped for 10 days.

Every year, water  used to be released from Kabini and Hemavathy reservoirs which used to fill fast. But this year, even these reservoirs are yet to reach their maximum level.

Meanwhile, moderate showers across the state have reduced fears of an early crop loss and lack of adequate showers in Malnad region has been a concern.

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