Villagers thrilled as Madagada Kere overflows

The historical Madagada Kere which is also the lifeblood of farmers in Kadur taluk has reached its brim and is overflowing with full might, attracting a large number of visitors from nearby villages.

Hundreds of people are visiting the lake by hiring vehicles, just to see the nature’s bounty. The water that overflows from the lake splashes on the rocks and flows onto the canals to irrigate the agriculture land. The catchment area of Madagada Kere is spread over 2,036 hectares, while the canal runs over 16 km and the water storage capacity is 0.375 cusecs. The water stored now can irrigate over 10,000 hectares of agriculture land, hopes Chinnappa, an agriculturist from Yemmedoddi.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Taluk Minor Irrigation Department Officer Manjunath said that the lake usually reaches the brim in August or September, but this time the lake has reached its brim as early as in July. If the rain continues to lash with same spirit, the water will flow till December end, whereas if the rain recedes, then water flow will stop as early as in September.

If Madagada Kere reaches the brim, then it would also fill other 13 lakes in the region including Kadur, Birur, Chikkangala, Bukkasgara, Dyavanakere, Barkanakere and others. The water from Madagada Kere will join Hemavathi river and reach Vani Vilas Sagar in Chithradurga, the engineer said.A local youth Ravi said that overflowing of Madagada lake would block the connectivity route of villagers from Saganabasavanahalli, Halasinamaradahalli, Akla hole and Kote to reach Yemmedoddi village. They will have to travel via Sakharayapattana.

The water will reach the canal flowing via sugar fields and areca plantations.
Zilla Panchayat CEO P Shivashankar who visited the lake and inspected the situation, said that 13 lakes will fill if Madagada Kere reaches its brim, due to which ground water level will increase.

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