The ornamental fountains at Brindavan Gardens near Srirangapatna have gone dry because of low water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS).

The musical fountain, however, is functioning as usual.

While the musical fountain is computer controlled, most other fountains work depending on the water pressure in the dam. So, because the water pressure has drastically reduced owing to poor storage over the last few days, the fountains, which attract at least three lakh visitors a month, are not in operation.

“The fountains can ‘dance’ based on the force of water till the reservoir has at least 74 ft of water (dead storage level). As the water-level reached below 68 ft, most fountains will automatically stop functioning,” an senior official of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) told The Hindu on Tuesday. He said CNNL was pumping water to keep the musical fountain going.

An official of the Department of Horticulture, which maintains the gardens, admitted that without the water, the park was losing its charm. “Obviously tourists are disappointed because the fountains are not functioning,” K.S. Shivalingappa, Deputy Director, Tourism, added.

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