The water from the reservoir was expected to reach the tank much earlier, but following a breach in Hemavathi Left Bank Canal near Channarayapatna, the supply was stopped for 20 days. Since then, repair works have been taken up and water will be released on Saturday, Balakrishna, Superintending Engineer (Hemavathi Tumkur Canal division) told Deccan Herald.
On Thursday, about 1,000 cusecs of water was released to canal and it has been increased to 1,600 cusecs on Friday.
This will take care of the drinking water needs in Turuvekere and Gubbi, he said. The Bugudanahalli tank will be supplied of 900 cusecs of water to meet the driking water needs of the city, he added.
It may recalled that Lok Sabha member G S Basavaraju had raised objection over stopping of water to the district and had alleged that more water was released unnecessarily to Tamil Nadu.
He had even taken engineers at the Gorur Reservoir to task over this issue.
“District In-charge Minister T B Jayachandra is not working effectively to ensure drinking water to the city.
The minister seems to be oblivious to the water crisis that the city is facing. Instead, he is keen on supplying water first to Sira tanks. Is he in-charge for Sira alone,” Basavaraju remarked.
The district will benefit largely, if watergrid canal project is implemented.
But minister Jaychandra is blocking the project, he complained.