Twin reservoirs in Chamarajanagar close to full

Twin reservoirs in Chamarajanagar close to full

 The inflow into the twin reservoirs of Chamarajanagar taluk - Suvarnavathi and Chikkahole - has increased and only a few feet is left to reach their maximum levels.

Water inflow into the reservoirs has increased, with the neighbouring Tamil Nadu receiving copious rainfall.

The brimming reservoirs have left the farmers of the region happy.
According to the weatherman, depression in the Bay of Bengal will result into heavy rainfall. Rainfall is expected to continue for another couple of days. The inflow to the dams will also increase, facilitating agricultural activities.

The maximum level in Suvarnavathi dam is 55 feet and the water level on Sunday stood at 50 feet. The maximum level in Chikkahole dam is of 74 feet and the presently, the water level stood at 63 feet.

The catchment area of the Suvarnavathi dam is 10,494 acres and that of Chikkahole is 4,076 acres. If the dams are full, water would be released for irrigation and drinking water purposes.

Water released from the Suvarnavathi dam will fill 11 lakes and two lakes from the Chikkahole dam.

Sand mining

It may be mentioned that Suvarnavathi river had lost its course as pits were dug for extracting sand from agricultural lands. The water released from the dams got collected in the pits, as a result of which the farmers could not get sufficient water for irrigation purpose.

The Supreme Court order banning sand mining around 100 metres from the riverbed and the water bodies has come in handy for the farmers.

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