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Vijayapura: Decreased rains in Western Ghats lessen floods threat

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Vijayapura: With the respite in rains ar Western Ghats which is the major source of water to Krishna and other rivers, the threat of possible floods in the River basins of Krishna, Ghataprabha and Malaprabha have reduced to a significant extent. The people living on the banks of these rivers can now heave a sigh of relief.

After reduction recorded in rainfalls in the Western Ghats, the outflow from Almatti Dam is likely to decrease by 25,000 cusecs, however, the currently 1.25 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged to Krishna River from all the 26 crest gates of the reservoir. The flood warnings have been withdrawn from the villages located downstream of the reservoir.

According to officials of the Krishna Jala Bhagya Nigam Limited (KBJNL), “An inflow of 1.5 lakh cusecs recorded to the Almatti Dam on the morning of Monday July 18. The outflow stands at 1.25 lakh cusecs. With receiving over 1 lakh cusecs inflow from past one week, the water storage has reached around 70 per cent, 85.195 tmc against the total capacity of 123.01 tmc. The water level stood at 517.06m against the maximum level of 519.60m.”

The official also pointed out at the decrease in showers in tributaries of Krishna River, “The rainfall in and around Dudhganga dam received 27mm on Sunday July 17, where it was 60 mm on Saturday July 16. Similarly, in the surrounding areas of Patgaon Dam, rainfall of 47mm was recorded on Sunday, where it was as high as 180 mm on Sunday. The inflow is likely to be reduced by another 25,000 cusecs by midnight.”

“The reduced rain has decreased inflow to Krishna River. This is a clear sign of a flood decreasing trend. The outflow of the Almatti Dam will be reduced once the inflow heads towards decreasing trend,” said an official who wished to remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, the villagers located downstream of Narayanpura Reservoir have been informed that due to decrease in inflow the outflow from Narayanapura dam to Krishna River will be gradually decreased up to 1.3 lakh cusecs from 1.5 lakh cusecs. The further outflow will be decided based on the inflow to the reservoir.

Minister for Public Works Department C. C. Patil, who is also Bagalakote District In-Charge Minister, will chair an Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) meeting with the elected representatives of Krishna River basin and the officials of the KBJNL and Deputy Commissioners of Vijayapura and Bagalakote.

Patil is the Chairman of ICC. In the meeting the Government will take a final call on the date of release of water to all the canals, developed under Upper Krishna Project, this monsoon. This water will be used for irrigation purposes in the Kharif.

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