Flood alert sounded in Hogenakkal area

They said surplus water, released from the Kabini and Krishnarajasagar, had reached Stanley reservoir in Mettur through Hogenakkal yesterday evening.

The flow was being monitored by the Central Water Commission's gauge center at Biligundalu, where the Cauvery touches the Tamil Nadu forest border in Krishnagiri district, they said.

Collector P Amudha said villagers in low lying areas had been asked to vacate and move to safer places. A team of officials, comprising Revenue, Forest and Police would monitor the situation, she added.

Police said tourists would not be permitted to take a bath in Hogenakkal falls due to the flood like situation. Coracle services also been terminated until further orders, they said.
Hogenakkal has been in the limelight as the Tamil Nadu government proposed to construct a Rs 1,334 crore project supplying drinking water to Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts bordering Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu has said the Hoggenakkal project is on track and will be completed by 2012, but Karnataka has been consistently opposing the project, as it envisages drawing water from the Cauvery, over which the two states are locked in a dispute for decades.

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