The Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir (KRS) near Srirangapatna had dried up and reached the dead storage level a few months ago. This had drawn the ire of farmers in the Cauvery basin as they had lost crops to a great extent. The agricultural land was badly hit by drought beforehand. But, sharing of water with the neighbouring Tamil Nadu made it worsen the scenario and then, lot of protests were held by farmers. Water to KRS-dependent canals was stopped and farmers had to face hardships with no water and fodder to cattle as well.
Nonetheless, due to copious rainfall in the catchment areas, KRS has regained its glory and is full up to the brim. Thanks to the monsoon that has set on time and brought cheer to the farmers.
KRS, in terms of water level, has witnessed dramatic scenes in the last three months. Photos: Mahadeva B.