Copious rainfall in catchment areas of river Cauvery since the last two weeks has resulted in the increased water flow to Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), Kabini and Harangi.
Although farmers in Mandya, Mysuru and Hassan are facing water shortage for agricultural activities due to delayed monsoon, officials are optimistic that water flow will increase in the coming days. Agricultural activities in Kodagu have picked up pace and farmers are sowing paddy in water-soaked fields.
According to official sources from KRS Dam, water level stood at 91.65 ft and the maximum level is 124.80 ft on Tuesday. While there is an inflow of 6381 cusecs, there is an outflow of 3766 cusecs. At the Kabini reservoir, the present water level stood at 2267.16 ft as against its maximum level 2284 ft. Inflow has increased to 6431 cusecs. In Harangi, the level is 2857.27 ft and its maximum level is 2859 ft. There is an increased inflow of 15223 cusecs.
On July 10, considering the safety of the KRS dam, four crest gates were opened for the first time this monsoon season where 3000 cusecs of water was released for rivers of which 1200 cusecs was released to the left bank for the Energy Development Corporation Ltd for hydro power generation.
Official sources said that considering the rainfall in the catchment areas, more water will be released for various agriculture purposes. The decision of water release will be taken at the meeting that will be conducted by the irrigation department. “While releasing water, alert sirens would be sounded for people to stay away from channels,” KRS executive engineer Rangaswamy said.
Kodagu witnessed heavy downpour during the ‘Aaridra’ rain and ‘Punarvasu’ rain has already begun encouraging paddy cultivation. The rainfall has also created hopes on better yield in coffee and pepper in the coming days.