Inflow into reservoirs in Cauvery basin dips

The State government has stopped release of water to Tamil Nadu since Monday as inflow into the four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin has been declining steadily in the last one month, following receding South West monsoon.

No water was released to Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.   Data maintained by the the Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre and Water Resources Development Organisation reveal that inflow into the four reservoirs - Harangi, Hemavati, KRS and Kabini - combined stood at 24,351 cusecs on September 10, has reduced to 13,625 cusecs on September 20 and further down to 9,628 cusecs on October 9.

Sources in the Meteorology department said the inflow would continue to dip in the coming months as South West monsoon begins around the start of June and start waining by the end of September.

The inflow to Harangi and Kabini has dropped to a trickle during the last one month. Inflow in Harangi which stood at 2,178 cusecs on September 10, has reduced to 187 cusecs on October 9. Similarly, the inflow to Kabini which stood at 7,571 cusecs on September 10, was 970 cusecs on Tuesday. The water levels in the four reservoirs have decreased substantially during the last one month.

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