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The boat to reach Neelakantarayanagaddi, on the riverbed of the Krishna, is not fit

The Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. has released 1,40,746 cusecs of water by opening 19 crest gates of the Narayanpur dam.— photo: arun kulkarni
The Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. has released 1,40,746 cusecs of water by opening 19 crest gates of the Narayanpur dam.— photo: arun kulkarni

The situation in Neelakantarayanagaddi, an islet on the riverbed of the Krishna in the downstream of Narayanpur dam continues to be grim as the 42 families living there are completely cut off from the outside world.

According to information available in Yadgir on Wednesday, the boat which was stationed on the banks of the river was not fit to reach the marooned islet because of sharp stones in the riverbed.

The district administration has requested the Raichur district administration to send an equipped motorboat, which is expected to reach the affected area on Thursday.

“This would enable us to visit the marooned islet and supply essential foodgrains and medicines to the people there,” a senior official of the Revenue Department told The Hindu on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the release of water into the river from the Narayanpur dam has been increased to 1,40,746 cusecs on Wednesday. As per the data available with the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. officials, the inflow into the dam was 1,35,290 cusecs.

As a precautionary step, the KBJNL officials had decided to release 1,42,387 cusecs of water from the dam. Apart from 1,40,746 cusecs let into the river by opening 19 crest gates of the dam, the authorities released 1,500 cusecs of water to the Narayanpur Left Bank Canal, 100 cusecs to Narayanpur Right Bank Canal and 41 cusecs to Jindal Steels Ltd. at Toranagal in Bellary district.

The present level in the dam was 491.180 m, as against the Full Reservoir Level of 492.25 m. The dam, at present, has the storage capacity of 28.570 tmcft as against the full capacity of 33.313 tmcft.

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