Increased inflow into the dam prompted the move
The Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS), the Cauvery command area, on Friday has decided to release water into five major waterways and their distributaries from the KRS reservoir for irrigation purposes from Friday midnight. However, the ICC will discharge water to remaining waterways from July 9 because of the ongoing repair works of canals.
The ICC meeting was held to take a decision on discharging water into canals and also to fix the quantum of water to be released from the reservoir. Housing Minister and Mandya district in-charge M.H. Ambareesh chaired the meeting in which several MLAs from the Cauvery command areas participated.
“We have decided to release water to all canals to enable farmers to take up agricultural activities in the Cauvery command areas,” Mr. Ambareesh told presspersons after the ICC meeting.
The decision of releasing water to canals was taken because of the increased inflow into the reservoir after a heavy downpour in the catchment areas of Cauvery River in Kodagu district.
Water will be discharged to Bangaradoddi canal, Ramaswamy canal, Raja Parameshwari canal, Chikka Devaraya canal and Virija from Friday midnight. And, water will be released to Visvesvaraya canal, Right Bank Low Level canal (RBLL), D. Devaraja Urs canal and a few distributaries from July 9 as the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) is repairing them at different places.
Members of the ICC, at the closed-door meeting, claimed that around 5,506 cubic feet per second (cusecs) of water is required to meet to requirements of the first crop.
Hence, the ICC has decided to release 3,056 cusecs to Visvesvaraya canal, 250 cusecs to RBLL canal, 600 cusecs to D. Devaraj Urs canal and 1,600 cusecs to other Cauvery River-dependent canals, a CNNL officer, who attended the meeting, told The Hindu . “A total of 5,506 cusecs of water will be released on “on –and-off basis” to canals,” he said.
The Irrigation Department had stopped discharging water to all Cauvery river- dependent canals on January 1 because of poor storage of water in the KRS dam.
To meet CM
According to the officer, Nagamangala MLA N. Cheluvarayaswamy has requested the ICC to meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with a proposal to take measures to solve irrigation problems.
While Maddur MLA D.C. Thammanna requested the ICC chairman to convene the committee meeting once in 45 days, Malavalli MLA P.M. Narendra Swamy requested the ICC to take steps to fill lakes in the tail-end areas of Cauvery River.
Srirangapatna MLA A.B. Ramesh Babu Bandisiddegowda, Melkote MLA K.S. Puttannaiah, Mandya Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, Mandya Superintendent of Police Borase Bhushan Gulabrao, Mandya Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.C. Jayanna, zilla panchayat president Bharathi Krishnamurthy, CNNL Chief Engineer Shankare Gowda, Executive Engineer Vijaykumar and others were also present.
‘5,506 cusecs of water will be released on the on-and-off basis’ ‘Convene ICC meeting once in 45 days’
‘5,506 cusecs of water will be released on the on-and-off basis’
‘Convene ICC meeting once
in 45 days’