KARNATAKA

Storage in major reservoirs above 10-year average

GULBARGA, JULY 24. The storage in a majority of the reservoirs in the Krishna and Cauvery Basins and in two of the three major hydroelectric generation reservoirs in the State is more than the average storage of the past 10 years, thanks to the heavy rainfall in the command areas of these reservoirs.

As on July 15, the storage in the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), Harangi, Kabini, and Hemavathy dams in the Cauvery Basin was higher than the 10-year average. And except for the Bhadra Dam, where the water level was 13.11 feet lower, the level in the Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, and Narayanpur dams in the Krishna Basin was higher than the 10-year average.

In the Alamatti Reservoir, the level was 12.96 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

Higher levels

Official sources told The Hindu here on Friday that in the three major hydroelectric generation reservoirs, despite a sharp decrease in the levels in the past week, the present levels were 0.85 feet higher than the 10-year average and 10.4 feet higher than the levels in the corresponding period last year.

In the Varahi Reservoir, the current level was 4.06 feet higher than the 10-year average and 18.63 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

Supa Reservoir

In the Supa Reservoir, the current level was 18.97 feet higher than the 10-years average. However, the present level in the reservoir was 12.63 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

Although the water level in the KRS decreased by 0.78 feet in the last eight days, the present level was 3.22 feet higher than the 10-year average and 22.42 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year. In the Harangi Reservoir, which witnessed an increase of 4.15 feet in the last eight days, the water level was 6.68 feet higher than the 10-year average and 26.18 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

In the Kabini Reservoir, the present level was 4.18 feet higher than the 10-year average and 14.30 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

Hemavathy Reservoir

In the Hemavathy Reservoir, the current level was 5.24 feet higher than the 10-year average and 31.82 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year.

The sources said that in the Krishna Basin, although the current level in the Bhadra Reservoir was 13.11 feet lower than the 10-year average, the current level was 15 feet higher than the level in the corresponding period last year. In the Tungabhadra Reservoir, the current level was 4.09 feet higher than the 10-year average and 15.71 feet higher than in the corresponding period last year. Similarly, in the Ghataprabha and the Malaprabha, the current levels were 11.93 feet and 1.6 feet higher, respectively, compared to the 10-year average. While in the Ghataprabha it was 7.6 feet higher than in the corresponding period last year, it was 2.55 feet higher in the Malaprabha, the sources said.

Narayanpur Reservoir

In the Narayanpur Reservoir, the current level was 9.84 feet higher than the 10-year average level. However, the present level was 4.92 feet lower than that in the corresponding period last year.

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