Karnataka

KRS level dipping precariously

Bengaluru and other Cauvery-dependent towns of Karnataka may feel the pinch of water scarcity as the storage in the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir is plummeting.

Bengaluru and other Cauvery-dependent towns of Karnataka may feel the pinch of water scarcity as the storage in the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir is plummeting.  

Fear has started gripping cities and towns dependent on the Cauvery as the storage in Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) is decreasing.

The water level at the reservoir, constructed across Cauvery near Srirangapatna, was 102.23 ft on Sunday as against the maximum level of 124.80 ft. Nevertheless, the storage in the reservoir is better than what it was in the corresponding period in 2018. The corresponding reading of KRS storage on March 10 during the previous year was 87.69 ft, say senior officials at the Irrigation Department.

The water crisis may deepen in the coming days as the reservoir is precariously drying up fast owing to the rising heat, an officer told The Hindu here.

The reservoir was getting water at the rate of just 113 cusecs on Sunday morning, while water was being discharged at a rate of around 3,600 cusecs to meet the drinking requirements of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya and Ramanagaram towns, and also to the neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The outflow rate was 3,617 cusecs on Saturday, he said. A good monsoon can boost the KRS level. However, till then people should judiciously use the water, the officer said.

Tamil Nadu

The officer hoped that the situation would not affect Tamil Nadu. The maximum live storage capacity of the reservoir is 45.05 tmcft. The current live storage of the KRS was 20.24 tmcft, he said.

Karnataka has to release 2.5 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu in this month.

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