Supply from Alamatti dam was stopped on February 20

: Owing to the limited availability of water in Alamatti dam, officials have stopped the supply of water through canals coming under the Upper Krishna Project, from February 20.

Following the stoppage, farmers who had sown rabi crop are in distress, as their fields have not been receiving water which could lead to withering of crops.

The farmers, who were depending on water from the dam, had sown groundnut, maize and sugarcane. They said they needed water for at least 20 days to help sustain the crops.

For the first time, supply of water has been stopped 30 days in advance.

Normally, water is supplied till March-end or till April 15.

Monsoon failure

However, due to the failure of monsoon, the storage in the dam has reduced substantially, forcing officials of Karnataka Bhagya Jal Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL) to stop water supply before the normal schedule.

Reservoir drying up

Meanwhile, the reservoir is drying up, and evenMaharashtra has not released water from the Koyna dam.

The dam which can store 123 tmcft of water now has only 24 tmcft, of which 17.62 tmcft is dead storage, according to officials of the KBJNL.

  • Farmers say they need water for at least 20 days to sustain the crops

  • Normally, water is supplied till March-end or April 15