Press Esc to close
Tuesday 07 July 2015
News updated at 10:06 AM IST
Weather
Max: 30.7°C
Min : 20.6°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Karnataka facing drought: CWC official

Bangalore, Oct 6, 2012 (IANS)
Central government's four-member team study the situation in the Cauvery basin. They are slated to visit Krishna Raja Sagara dam and Hemavathi river besides aerial survey of Kabini and Harangi rivers in Mysore on Friday. PTI

Karnataka is facing a drought and water levels in reservoirs across the Cauvery river basin have dropped due to deficit rains, a Central Water Commission (CWC) official said Saturday.

"I have realised that there is drought in Karnataka due to deficit rainfall and water levels in the reservoirs of Cauvery are lower than last year due to a weak monsoon," CWC member K.C. Jacob told reporters here.

Assuring the state government that he would mention on his assessment of the ground situation in his report to the central monitoring committee (CMC) of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), Jacob said he met scores of farmers in Mysore and Mandya districts and heard their grievances.

"I will communicate to the CMC on what I have seen and grievances I heard from the affected farmers and their families," said Jacob, also a chief engineer in the water resources department.

The five-member central team Friday visited the two worst drought-hit districts Mandya and Mysore and assessed the damage to crops caused by a severe drought, depleting water levels in the river basin reservoirs at Kabini and Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam, about 120 km from Bangalore.

Headed by CWC directors B.P. Pandey and D. Ranga Reddy, Jacob, another chief engineer Manmohan and Union agriculture ministry's deputy commissioner P.K. Saha, the team also discussed the amount of inflow and outflow at the reservoirs and collected data on area of cultivation, water availability and crops grown in the old Mysore region.

The team also flew early Saturday to Hassan district, about 180 km from here, for an aerial survey of the river basin reservoirs in Harangi and Hemavathi command areas. In a related development, state water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai and state chief secretary S.V. Ranganath met CMC chairman and union Water Resources Secretary D.V. Singh here and discussed the situation arising out of the Sep 28 Supreme Court's directive to comply with the Sep 19 CRA order to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to the neighbouring riparian state (Tamil Nadu).

"We have apprised Singh and his central team of the grim situation across the Cauvery basin and the depleting levels of water in all the four reservoirs. A delayed and weak monsoon led to 43 percent deficit rainfall in the catchment areas and drought conditions in the region," Bommai told reporters later.

The state requires about 30 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water for drinking purpose and 38 tmcft for harnessing the standing crops in both (kharif and rabi) seasons.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523