Water level at Thumbe vented dam across the Netravathi, the main source of drinking water to the city, depleted to eight ft. on Monday. The maximum storage level is 13 ft or 4.5 million cubic metres (MCM).
According to Gururaj Maralihalli, Executive Engineer (water supply), Mangaluru City Corporation, authorities of AMR Hydro Power Project at Shambhoor on the upstream of the Thumbe dam would release 350 cusecs of water from their vented dam built across the same river from 11 p.m. on Monday. Water level in the AMR dam stood at 17.1 ft on Monday. Its maximum storage capacity was 18.9 ft. or 14.50 MCM.
“It will take 24 hours for the water from Shamboor to reach Thumbe. The distance between the two vented dams is about seven km,” he said.
The Executive Engineer said that water would be stored in Thumbe dam up to 12 ft height now. Thumbe dam is expected to be full by Tuesday evening.
He said that a team of officials of the corporation, including its Commissioner H N Gopalakrishna, visited the AMR dam on Monday in connection with releasing water from it as directed by A.B. Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner.