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T.V. Sivanandan

The major hydroelectric generation reservoirs in the State have recorded good water levels

GULBARGA: The good news in the power generation front is that the water levels in all the major hydroelectric generation reservoirs in the State, including the Linganamakki, the Supa and the Varahi, are more than the water levels recorded in the previous year during the same period.

Sources told The Hindu here on Wednesday that although the water levels in the Linganamakki and the Supa reservoirs had decreased marginally, the water level in the Varahi reservoir had increased slightly as per the water levels recorded in the first week of November.

The sources said that the water level at Linganamakki reservoir had decreased by 0.76 foot. However, the present water level in the reservoir was higher by 11.83 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average water level and more by 1.45 feet compared to the water level recorded in the last year during the same period. There is continuous inflow into the reservoir, and on November 3, the reservoir recorded the highest inflow of 5,698 cusecs.

Similarly, the water level at the Supa reservoir also decreased slightly (by 0.82 foot) in the first week of November. Although the present water level in the reservoir was more by 47.92 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average water level, the present water level was less by 2.16 feet compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

The sources said that the water level at the Varahi reservoir increased slightly (by 0.03 foot) in the first week of November and the present water level was more by 15.97 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average. It was also more by 1.87 feet compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

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The water levels in the major reservoirs in the Cauvery Basin were also appreciably high this year due to the copious rain in the catchment areas. The sources said that the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir remained full in the first week of November and its present water level was more by 4.80 feet compared to the average water level recorded for the past 10 years. It was more by 8.44 feet compared to last year’s water level during the same period.

Although the water level in the Harangi reservoir had decreased marginally by 2.03 feet in the first week of November, the present water level was higher by 6.02 feet compared to last 10 years’ average water level and more by 8.36 feet compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

In the Kabini reservoir also, the water level decreased slightly by 0.01 foot. However, the present water level was higher by 2.63 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average water level. It is more by 1.38 feet compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

In the Hemavathi reservoir, there was a slight decrease (by 0.22 feet) in the water level in the first week of this month. However, the present water level was more by 15.06 feet when compared to the last 10 years’ average water level and higher by 7.92 feet compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

In the Krishna Basin, all the reservoirs had received good inflow and their water levels were higher when compared to the previous year’s average level. The present level in the Bhadra reservoir was higher by 9.75 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average water level and more by 3.92 feet compared to the previous year’s water level during the same period.

The Tungabhadra reservoir remained full in the first week of November and the present water level was higher by 3.43 feet compared to the last 10 years’ average water level. It was more by 4.80 feet compared to the last year’s water level during the same period.

Although there was decrease in the water levels in the Ghataprabha and the Malaprabha reservoirs, the present water levels were higher than the last 10 years’ average level and also the previous year’s water levels.

However, in the Alamatti reservoir, the water level had decreased by 0.92 foot in the first week of November and the present water level was less by 0.16 foot compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

However, in the Narayanpur reservoir, the present water level was more by 0.41 foot compared to the last 10 years’ average water level and more by 0.10 foot compared to the previous year’s water level for the corresponding period.

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