Water Level Plunges Towards 100 Feet At Krs | Mysuru News – Times of India

Mandya: In less than a month when water level reached the 100-ft mark at the KRS reservoir, the lifeline of farmers in the Cauvery basin, is again hurtling towards 100-ft mark.
Unlike a month back when it logged heavy inflow to reach 100-ft on July 25, this time it is in a downward spiral as the state government has released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
The water level as on Thursday was 102.9 ft and could come down to 100-ft by month end leading to anxiety among the farming sector as rainfall has been deficient in the area.
After a delayed monsoon in its catchment area, water level at the KRS dam had reached the 114 ft mark in late July, thanks to copious showers for over 10 days, mainly in Kodagu district. But the state government released for 15 days over 10,000 cusecs of water from the dam to Tamil Nadu which has led to depletion in the water level.
Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited (CNNL), which manages the reservoir had released over 10,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till Thursday afternoon. Now they have stopped it.
Speaking to TOI, CNNL superintending engineer Raghuraman said the release of water to Tamil Nadu was stopped after releasing 10,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu for 15 days. “We had been instructed to release 10,000 cusecs for 15 days. With the quota being completed and some water still flowing in the river that would reach Tamil Nadu in a couple of days, we have stopped the release of water to the neighbouring state,” he stated. The dam authorities are releasing water to the canals for irrigation purposes and drinking water needs, he added.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha Mandya District President AL Kempugowda said, “The water that was stocked in the reservoir has been released to Tamil Nadu. The state government must have thought about the welfare of farmers before releasing water. The farmers, who have already cultivated their lands with paddy and sugarcane are now worried about facing water scarcity.”
“We hope that rain will pick up in the next couple of weeks so that there is no scarcity of water either for irrigation or drinking water, he added.