The inflow into Narayanpur Dam across the Krishna continued to be heavy and Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL) authorities continued to release water at the rate of one lakh cusecs from the dam as a precautionary measure on Sunday.

KBJNL officials told The Hindu here that while the inflow into the dam was at the rate of 85,000 cusecs, the outflow had been maintained at 1 lakh cusecs by opening eight crest gates. The officials said that as per reports available, the catchment areas of the Krishna in Maharashtra and Karnataka were receiving heavy rainfall resulting in heavy inflow into the river from the tributaries.

Of the one lakh cusecs of water released from Narayanpur Dam, 1500 cusecs is being released into the Narayanpur Left Bank Canal and 100 cusecs into the Narayanpur Right Bank Canal.

As much as 42 cusecs of water was being released to Jindal Steels Ltd. at Torangal in Bellary district and the remaining water is being let into the river course.

Deputy Commissioner F.R. Jamadar said that the district administration was keeping continuous vigil on the situation in the villages on the banks of the river in the downstream of Narayanpur Dam and all precautionary measures have been taken to tackle the situation if there was an increase in the release of water from the dam in the coming days.

Nodal officers have been appointed at taluk and hobli level to take up relief measures in case of an emergency.

He said that the district administration has sounded an alert in all villages on the banks of the river that the outflow from the Narayanpur Dam may go up any time due to heavy inflow into the dam.

Requisitions have been placed with Gulbarga and Raichur districts to send boats to Yadgir to take up relief operations, if required. Mr Jamadar would visit villages on the banks of the river on Tuesday.

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