Mandya, June 26;Officials of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) said that the inflow into the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir (KRS) would significantly increase by Wednesday morning following continuous downpour in the catchment areas of the Cauvery in Kodagu district from 8 a.m. on Monday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Kodagu district witnessed 91.97 mm of rainfall on Tuesday (till 1 p.m.).
Meanwhile, the water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar dam, the lifeline of several districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, near Srirangapatna in the district stood at 80.16 ft against the full reservoir level of 124.80 ft at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Drinking water for Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Ramanagaram districts is drawn from the reservoir.
The inflow was at the rate of 4,325 cubic feet per second (cusecs) at KRS at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday. The outflow was at the rate of 1,198 cusecs during the same period.
The water-level in the KRS dam will reach the full reservoir level (FRL) by July-end if heavy rainfall continues in the catchment areas, an official at CNNL said.
Copious rainfall in the catchment areas and also in the upstream of the reservoir has improved the storage level at KRS, the official told The Hindu.
Madikeri taluk received 121 mm of rainfall on Tuesday (till 1 p.m.), while Virajpet taluk recorded 90.15 mm and Somwarpet taluk witnessed 64.75 mm of rainfall, the official said.
Continuous rain in Kodagu district has pushed up the water-level in the Harangi reservoir in Kodagu district. The water-level in Harangi reached 2,836.75 ft on Tuesday morning as against the full reservoir level of 2,859 ft, the official said. The water-level in the corresponding period last year was 2,810.54 ft. Inflow on Tuesday morning was put at the rate of 4,825 cusecs.
“We are in constant touch with the officials concerned of Harangi reservoir that has been receiving an inflow at the rate of 4,825 cusecs (as on Tuesday morning),” the official said. According to him, the water-level at Harangi will reach the full reservoir level in the next two weeks. The inflow rate into the KRS may increase once the sluice gates of Harangi are lifted, the official added.
Mysore Staff Correspondent reports:
The water-level in the Kabini reservoir in Mysore district has increased as its catchment area in the neighbouring Kerala was receiving copious rainfall.
The water-level in Kabini touched 2,278 ft. on Tuesday as against the full reservoir level of 2,284 ft., according to sources in the Irrigation Department at the Kabini dam site.
“The inflow on Tuesday was at the rate of 23,000 cusecs and the outflow was at the rate of 10,000 cusecs,” the sources added.
Meanwhile, the authorities issued a flood warning in anticipation of heavy inflow into the Kabini dam because of torrential rain in its catchment area.
People living on the banks of the Kapila have been asked to move to safer places owing to the discharge of water into the river, according to a press release issued in Mysore on Tuesday.