Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Water from the Hemavathy was let into the Tumkur branch canal on Wednesday.

The release was temporarily stopped to facilitate search for the bodies of a copra merchant and his son who were washed away in the canal at Tiptur.

Chief Engineer of Hemavathy Tumkur Zone C. Manjappa said here on Wednesday that 1,200 cusecs of water was let into the canal.

Mr. Manjappa said that 184-km stretch of the canal was ready. Water was flowing till the end of the 184-km point at Kunigal. The water flow would remain at the canal’s full level for the next at least two months, he said.

“We have been letting the river water into all the tanks in the vicinity of the canal every year. The objective is to ensure water for cattle. The surplus water can also be used for irrigation. Priority has been accorded to augment underground water resources by storing water in the tanks”, he said.