Farmers in Kabini command area have reason to cheer

Staff Correspondent

Their summer crops will get water from the Kabini reservoir from February 1

MYSORE: Farmers in the Kabini command area have a reason to cheer as their summer crops will get water from the Kabini reservoir from February 1.

A decision in this regard was taken at the Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) meeting, chaired by Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi, at the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) office here on Monday.

Chief executive officer of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat Manjula, Superintendent Engineer of Kabini and Varuna Circle C.K. Varadaraj, H.D. Kote MLA Beechanahalli Chikkanna, farmer representatives, officials from the Water Resources Department, CADA and others attended the meeting.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Ms. Jayanthi said that standing crops in 20,563 acres of land in the dam’s command area would get water from February 1. While 2,910 acres would get water through the Left Bank Canal, water will be channelised to 4,124 acres from the Right Bank Canal. The remaining 13,529 acres would get water through the Hullahalli and Ramapura Canals.

Mr. Varadaraju said that 20,563 acres would get water though the total irrigated area in the command area is about 1.10 lakh acres since the dam’s storage level had come down. Though the dam’s live water storage is 7 tmcft, the total availability would be around 9.64 tmcft during the entire crop period, taking into consideration the anticipated water inflow (2.6 tmcft) into the dam during the ensuing months, he explained.

He said water had not been released to the Right Bank Canal last year following repair work. Last year, water was released for summer crops on 16,439 acres of land, he said.

Mr. Varadaraju said that steps had been taken to minimise water seepage from the Kabini canals by strengthening the floor and side walls of the canals with concrete. This would ensure faster flow of water and would also check wastage of water, he added.

Recommended for you