Staff Correspondent

Water level in the reservoir on Thursday was 104.55 ft.

MYSORE: Farmers in Mandya and Mysore will get water from the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir from July 28.

A decision in this regard was taken by the Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of the reservoir on Thursday.

KRS Dam Executive Engineer Vijay Kumar told The Hindu that water would be released into the right and left bank canals of the reservoir and the “anecut” canals. “The reservoir provides water to irrigate 2.81 lakh acres of land in Mandya and Mysore districts,” he said.

Meanwhile, sources said water would be released for irrigation until the level touched 74 ft. (the maximum level of the dam is 124.80 ft.). “However, the extent of water to be released is based on the actual storage and inflow into the reservoir,” they added.

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The reservoir is the prime source of drinking water for Mysore, Mandya and parts of Bangalore city.

The right bank canal, which is known as Varuna or D. Devaraj Urs Canal, provides water to 32,000 hectares of land in Mysore district.

Parts of Srirangapatna taluk gets water from the canal.

The sources said that the Varuna canal provided water to irrigate a sizeable portion of land in Mysore taluk and a small area in H.D. Kote taluk. The “anecut” canals, Virija and Rajaparameshwari, provided water to 10,000 hectares of land in T. Narsipur taluk, parts of Mysore and Srirangapatna taluks.

The left bank canal, which is called Visvesvaraya Canal, provided water to a large tract of land in Mandya district and a small area in T. Narsipur taluk.

The water-level in the reservoir on Thursday stood at 104.55 ft. and the inflow was 2,500 cusecs.

The Inflow into the reservoir is poor because of the poor rainfall in its catchment area.