‘Situation may worsen if there is no rain in immediate future’
The Tungabhadra dam in Hospet, the lifeline of Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts in Karnataka and Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts in Andhra Pradesh, has reached the dead storage level.
Official sources told The Hindu on Thursday that the water available in the dam on Wednesday was 0.969 tmcft and the outflow through the canal was about 820 cusecs. The discharge from the canal was from the quota of Andhra Pradesh, which was to be drawn for drinking water purposes in the three districts of that State.
On the same day last year, water available in the dam was 7.107 tmcft and the discharge a mere 140 cusecs, sources said.
This is the first time in many years that the storage in the dam has reached such a low level, the previous instance being during 2002-03, when the district was hit by a severe drought.
Already, villages on the banks of the Tungabhadra river in Hospet and Siruguppa taluks are facing acute drinking water scarcity with areas downstream of the dam remaining almost dry. For supply of drinking water to Hospet, again for the first time after a decade, water is being drawn from the dead storage. The situation may worsen if there is no rain in the immediate future in the catchment areas in Shimoga and Davangere districts.