The initial flows of Cauvery water released from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam in Karnataka reached Tamil Nadu at Biligundlu on Monday evening. The water level increased from 3.600 metres at the measuring point to 4.060 metres, Central Water Commission sources said here on Tuesday.

Following the latest order of the Supreme Court, the water release began on Saturday midnight, leading to protests in Karnataka and the suspension of inter-State traffic for two days.

The sources said the water flowing into Tamil Nadu was little more than 9,000 cusecs.

The water flow gradually increased in Biligundlu, 190 km downstream KRS dam, and touched the 9,000 cusecs level in the early hours of Tuesday.

It is expected to reach Mettur dam through Hogenakkal on Tuesday night or in the early hours of Wednesday, sources here said.

At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Mettur recorded an inflow of 9,222 cusecs.

Peace prevailed on both sides of the border. The vehicular movement was normal. However the district police are maintaining strict vigil along the border, sources here said.