KRS water level 14ft less than last year; farmers anxious

KRS water level 14ft less than last year; farmers anxious

Cauvery Irrigation Consultative Committee meeting on July 15

With good spell of rains in Kodagu region, water has started filling the KRS dam, which had reached an alarming level since summer. However, compared to last year, the water level on July 12, is 14 feet less.

Meanwhile, farmers of the region have started exerting pressure to release water into the canals to enable agricultural activities. Last year, water was released into the canals by July 9. But, this year, no steps have been taken in this regard.

Water released from the KRS dam to Tamil Nadu has also irked the farming community in the district. They have been staging protests, demanding to stop water to the neighbouring state.

The meeting of the Cauvery Irrigation Consultative Committee is scheduled to be held on July 15. Discussion on the water level,  canal works and other issues would be held during the meeting. The farmers, who were hoping that the water would be released by July 20, have raised doubts about it now.

Water level

Last year, the KRS water level on July 12 was 108 feet. This year, it has not even reached the 100 feet-mark and has only 17.5 tmc feet of water. The government is also facing the pressure to release water to Tamil Nadu.

With 4.40 tmcft dead storage and four tmcft reserved for drinking water purpose, only nine tmcft of water is available for irrigation.

The farmers, who had sown paddy last year by this time, have not taken up sowing. If there is any further delay in releasing water into canals, it would be impossible to cultivate paddy, say anxious farmers.

The outflow, which was 3,696 cusec on July 12, was increased to 7,129 cusecs on Wednesday morning. By evening, the outflow was raised to 10,039 cusecs.

It may be mentioned that due to copious rains in Cauvery catchment area and Kodagu region, the inflow, which was 12,242 cusec on Tuesday, increased to 26,408 cusec by Wednesday evening.

The water level of the KRS dam stood at 95.30 ft as on July 13, as against its maximum capacity of 124.8 ft. The water level has increased by 2.5 ft in a single day.

Farmer leader K S Nanjundegowda,who led the protest, demanded the authorities  to stop releasing water to the neighbouring State immediately.

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