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Aerial view: Authorities released 50,400 cusecs of water from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district on Thursday.
Aerial view: Authorities released 50,400 cusecs of water from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district on Thursday.

Special Correspondent

Water-level in the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir crosses the 100-ft. mark

MYSORE: Though rainfall abated to an extent in parts of Mysore district on Thursday, the inflow into the reservoirs in the region continued unabated owing to heavy rain in the last 48 hours in the catchment areas of the Cauvery and Kapila.

Water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir (KRS) crossed the 100 ft. mark as against its Full Reservoir Level of 124.80 ft. The water-level was hovering around 100.15 ft. on Thursday. The inflow was 22,222 cusecs and the outflow 1,246 cusecs. The gross storage in the dam was 14.54 tmcft.

The Kapila is in spate and the outflow from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote taluk has been increased in view of heavy rain in the Wynad region.

While the inflow was 37,635 cusecs in the morning, it increased to 50,400 cusecs by noon and the authorities said it would further increase to 60,000 cusecs in view of copious rain in the catchment area. The outflow from the Kabini reservoir from July 1, 2009, till date was 9.5 tmcft. The Irrigation Department authorities said that if the present trend continued for a week, they could easily meet the stipulated target for July of releasing 36 tmcft. of water to Tamil Nadu.

The water-level in the Kabini reservoir was being maintained at 2281.3 ft with a cushioning of 2.7 ft. to cope with exigencies arising out of sudden inflow. But sources said that they were planning to increase the outflow as the existing cushioning was inadequate to cope with the inflow and the dam could be full in no time.

This is the highest discharge from the Kabini reservoir in recent years as the normal outflow during monsoon used to be around 40,000 cusecs. The gross storage in the reservoir on Thursday was 8.06 tmcft. As a result of heavy discharge, low-lying areas downstream of the Kabini have been inundated and people have been asked to move to safe places. K. Belthur bridge is submerged and people of nearby villages have to take a detour to reach their destination. Another bridge near the reservoir is also submerged and vehicles are being diverted via Sargur to reach Antharsanthe and Bavali. However, no major damage to property has been reported though revenue officials have been deputed to assess the loss. Farmers fear incessant rain and cloudy weather may hamper cotton which is a major crop in the H.D. Kote region.

Hadinaru Kalu Mantapa at Nanjangud close to the Srikanteshwara temple is partially submerged. The shops in the vicinity have been directed to remain closed.

At Harangi, the water-level was 2846.58 ft. as against the FRL of 2859 ft. and the inflow was 11.063 cusecs, while there was no outflow from the reservoir.

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