Mandya/Mysuru, July 14:- A huge quantum of water was released from the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Dam on Saturday as the water level was about to touch the maximum mark.
As the water level at KRS Reservoir reached 122.70 ft against the full reservoir level of the 124.80 ft on Saturday morning, the crest gates of the dam was opened to release the water. 20,000 cusecs of water was released today and gradually would be increased to 35,000 cusecs. The dam authorities decided to open the crest gates as the reservoir was about to reach the maximum mark.
Superintendent engineer at KRS Dam Amarnath and executive engineer (EE) Basavarajegowda offered puja to statue of Cauvery and then released the water.
According to data from Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the live storage at KRS Dam on Saturday morning was 42.17 TMC as against the full storage capacity of 45.05 TMC and the inflow was 41,961 cusecs. Last year on the same day the dam was filled with just 78.45 ft. After nearly five years, the KRS Reservoir has reached the maximum level and after more than three decades the dam has touched the maximum mark in the month of July itself.
Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru Abhiram G Sankar on Saturday said, “Low lying areas and riverside in T Narasipur taluk, especially the area surrounding Talakadu temples are vulnerable. All local officers are directed to immediately alert all local bodies and the public, including tourists, to not go near the river edge as there might be a sudden surge in water levels.”
On Friday, the executive engineer of Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Mandali (CNNL), KRS Division, issued a floor warning message stating, “As there is heavy rain in the catchment area of KR Sagara Reservoir, water level at the reservoir is rising to its full storage level, there is likelihood of reaching surplus water at any moment. Hence, all the people residing on on both banks of the river and in low-lying region of river Cauvery have been cautioned to move to safer places and take all precautionary measures for safety and security of their property.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on his twitter handle tweeted, “Due to incessant rains in the catchment areas, water levels have reached their maximum capacity at KRS, Harangi and Hemavati Dams. I request villagers residing on the riverside to be extremely careful as the water level may rise anytime. Please move to safer zones from low-lying areas. -(KK)