Present storage in the Hemavathi reservoir is 9.42 tmcft; accumulation of silt has reduced capacity
The dam irrigates 6.5 lakh acres of land in State
It gives drinking water to parts of Kolar and Bangalore
HASSAN: There may be no shortage of drinking water in Hassan city this summer despite the fact that siltation has reduced the 47 tmcft capacity of the Hemavathi reservoir by 2 tmcft, an official in the district administration has said.
The reservoir, which is the lifeline of the district, was built near Gorur, 16 km from Hassan, 28 years ago.
Quarrying and mining in the catchment area and large-scale removal of sand from the riverbed has led to accumulation of silt in the reservoir. Speaking to The Hindu, Prakash, executive engineer of the Gorur Dam Division (Hemavathi Reservoir), said that on Friday the water-level in the reservoir stood at 2,879.40 ft as against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft. The storage amounted to 9.42 tmcft, of which 9 tmcft could be used. He said there would be no drinking water scarcity during summer.
The reservoir irrigates 6.5 lakh acres of land in Hassan, Tumkur, Mandya and Mysore districts. In addition to this, it also provides drinking water to parts of Kolar and Bangalore Rural districts.
Malnad Janapara Horata Samiti president H.A. Kishore Kumar told The Hindu that large-scale destruction of forests to make way for hydro-power generation projects had affected the Western Ghats. He attributed the silt accumulation in the Hemavathi Reservoir to this and wanted the Government to ensure that the ecological balance was maintained. The Government should put a stop to mining and quarrying in the region, he said.