Karnataka

Almatti dam, the first to get filled this year

On the bright side: Even last year, Almatti was the lone dam to reach the maximum storage capacity.  

Reaching the full storage capacity of 123.81 tmcft, this year too Almatti dam has become the only major reservoir in the State to get filled.

Even last year, this was the lone dam to reach the maximum storage capacity, owing to heavy rain in the Krishna catchment area, particularly in Maharashtra. Vijayapura, the district in which the reservoir is built, has received rainfall below average. The dam’s full water level is 519 metres.

Last year, the dam got filled in the second week of July, but the delay this year had left farmers in the command area worried. Now, with good inflow, the officials are discharging water to power generation units, which is generating 150 MW of power against its full capacity of 290 MW. Water is also released to canals but crest gates have not been opened yet as the inflow is still within 45,000 cusecs.

Meanwhile, people are hoping that this year the authorities would store the water and use it judiciously for both irrigation and drinking. Last year, because of excess release of water to canals, Vijayapura city had to face acute drinking water problem. Because of the absence of good irrigation facilities, a major part of the district still remains dry and dependent on rain. With limited irrigation infrastructure, excess water of the dam is discharged, which only goes into the sea.

However, three major ongoing projects — Guttabasavanna, Chimmalagi and Mulawad — are expected to improve the situation. There are also some tank-filling projects in various stages of completion, which are expected to help recharge of borewells.

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