Special Correspondent

Dry spell that prevailed for long has ended, but delay in onset of monsoon has taken its toll

Water level in Linganamakki, Bhadra reservoirs falls; power generation dips

Sowing of kharif crops has not been affected

SHIMOGA: The rain received in in Malnad region the past two days has brought the people some cheer although it is difficult to compensate the losses deficit caused by delay in the onset of monsoon.

It is Shimoga district that contributes nearly sixty per cent of power generated in the State through the Sharavathy hydel project and other power projects. It has come down to nearly 38 per cent following the continuous dry spell in the catchment areas, in the second half of June and till the third week of July.

The average rainfall in the district is put at 7914.4 mm. The rainfall received this year is 4961.6 mm; it was 7,693 mm during the corresponding period last year. There has been a deficit in rainfall to the extent of 2,777 mm.

The water level in the Linganamakki reservoir, which is the main feeder of the Sharavathy hydel project, stood at 1,759 ft. on Thursday; its maximum level is 1,819 ft. This is nearly 48 ft. less than that recorded on this day last year. The inflow at the reservoir is 6,192 cusecs and discharge 7,999 cusecs.

No improvement

The Bhadra reservoir has not been showing any improvement in the water level. It stood at 154.1 ft. on Thursday against a maximum of 186 ft. The level was 181.4 ft. this day last year. The inflow at the reservoir was 3,569 cusecs, and the outflow was 3169 cusecs.

The dry spell that prevailed last month and till the third week of July has led to a decrease in the levels in tanks and reservoirs.

But it has not affected sowing of kharif crops. Sowing operations have been carried out in 1,26,401 hectares of land as against the target of 1,85,257 hectares. The area covered during the corresponding period last year was 96,742 hectares.

Paddy transplant has been in progress, and it has been carried out in 3,063 hectares of land; it is expected to be taken up in the remaining 70,000 hectares of land in August.

The Agriculture Department has distributed 20,833 tonnes of chemical fertilizers in July. Officials are confident of securing 5,000 tonnes more.

The rainfall received in the various taluks in the second week of July is as follows (rainfall in the corresponding period last year is given in brackets): Shimoga: 445 mm( 481 mm); Bhadravati: 316 mm (388 mm) Tirthahalli: 1,182 mm (1,666 mm); Sagar: 646 mm (1,252 mm ) Shikaripur: 461 mm (480 mm); Hosnagar: 1,281 mm (2,570 mm) and Sorab: 583 mm (853 mm).