Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: Water-level in the Tungabhadra, which was in spate for the past one week following heavy rain in the catchment areas in Shimoga and Davangere districts, started receding from Thursday morning.

Increased inflow into the Tungabhadra reservoir at Hospet had forced the Tungabhadra Board authorities to open the crest gates to let out the water. Discharge from the reservoir was at over one lakh cusecs for the past few days.

This had resulted in flood-like situation in the downstream of the river. Water that had entered fields along the river bank in the upstream and the downstream areas is receding, according to reports reaching here on Thursday.

Purandara Mantap, a well-known monument at Hampi, is still submerged in the Tungabhadra waters.

The ban on movement of heavy vehicle on the Kampli-Gangavati bridge has been withdrawn.

The Tungabhadra reservoir had over flown in August and again in the first week of September. On Thursday, water-level in the reservoir stood at 1632.90 ft as against the full reservoir level of 1,633 ft. The inflow into the reservoir was at 48,414 cusecs and discharge was at 25,092 cusecs. Water is being let out through the right and left bank canals and also through three crest gates into the river.