Mandya: Krishnarajasagara (KRS) Reservoir is just 8 feet short of being filled to its brim as the dam is receiving more than 35,000 cusecs of water inflow due to heavy downpour in its catchment area.
The Cauvery Neeravari Nigam limited (CNNL) authorities in the evening of Wednesday July 6 issued flood warning stating that floodwater will be released from the reservoir anytime as the dam is nearing its full capacity. They said the dam’s catchment area is receiving heavy rainfall leading to the spike in the inflow.
According to Irrigation Authorities, the dam level has reached 116.7ft on Thursday July 7 against the maximum level of 124.8ft. The dam recorded an inflow of 35,923 cusecs, while a total of 3,575 cusecs of water is being let into irrigation canals and rivers. In the corresponding year, the water level stood at 90.30 ft with an inflow rate of 1,591 cusecs.
Meanwhile, the farmer leaders are demanding the Irrigation Authorities to take steps to fill the village tanks in Nagamangala, Pandavapura, and Maddur Taluks by releasing water from KRS and Hemavati Reservoirs as most of the tanks are yet to be filled.
In a first of its kind, Water Resources Department has organised elected representatives and stakeholders’ meeting on Implementation of Emergency Action Plan for KRS, Kabini, Harangi and Chikkahole reservoirs. CNNL along with Water Resources Department has organised one-day stakeholders consultation meeting at KRS Road on Friday July 8.The elected representatives from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Kodagu and Ramanagar will be taking part in the programme. It will discuss about the impact and role of stakeholders in the management of floods at river banks. Water Resources Minister Govind M Karajol will inaugurate, with cabinet ministers and MPs of respective Districts expected to attend the meeting.
Central Water Commission, New Delhi, Director Pramod Narayan, Chief Engineer Gulshan Raj, and Madhav, KES, Nodal officer of DRIP Project, Bengaluru will participate as the resource persons. Deputy commissioners and Zilla Panchayat CEOs will also be taking part In the meeting.