In order to comply with the Supreme Court direction to release water to Tamil Nadu from reservoirs in Karnataka, the State may discharge water from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) in the early hours of Thursday.

Officials of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) and the Irrigation Department are tight-lipped about the issue. A source in CNNL said officials were awaiting the State government’s direction on releasing water. “Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai are in Belgaum. CNNL will take a decision on releasing water after receiving directions from the State government,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the water-level in the KRS was at 97.91 ft. at 6 p.m. on Wednesday against the full reservoir level of 124.8 ft.

While the inflow was at 3,098 cusecs, outflow was at 5,145 cusecs at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to the source, the State may release water from the Kabini reservoir too to comply with the apex court’s directive.