Mysuru/Srirangapatana, August 14:-The water level at Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam in Srirangapattana has almost reached its full capacity on Wednesday as the Cauvery catchment area in Kodagu district received heavy rains in the last one week. The water level at the reservoir stood at 124.10ft, only 0.60 ft away from the maximum level of 124.80 ft.
KRS received 41 ft of water in the last one week and the water level at the dam was 83.50 ft on August 5. As water from Hemavathi and Harangi Reservoirs flowed into the KRS Reservoir, the floodgates were opened and around one lakh cusecs of water were released.
However, as the inflow came down on Monday, the outflow also decreased. The inflow on August 13 was 54,496 cusecs and outflow 43,093 cusecs.
The dam reached its maximum capacity on July 20 last year. This year, though the monsoon was delayed, with unprecedented rains in the catchment areas in the last 10 days, the reservoir is full. The excess water is being released to feeder canals.
Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Limited (CNNL) officials said ‘bagina’ would be offered to the dam after confirming the date with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
KRS Dam was built across the river Cauvery in 1924. The water from KRS Reservoir is used for irrigation and other purposes in Mysuru and Mandya districts. The water from the dam is also the main source of drinking water for Mysuru, Mandya and Bengaluru city. – (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)