New Delhi, July 10: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday instructed officials to release Cauvery water to neighbouring state Tamil Nadu as torrential rains continued to lash many parts of Karnataka. With monsoon in full flow, all the dams in Cauvery river basin were at their highest level two months in advance. Also Read - 7 Injured in Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu's Madurai
In July, an order by the Supreme Court-mandated Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) instructed Karnataka to release 31.24 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The war between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the sharing of Cauvery water dates back to the days of the British Raj. Also Read - Jallikattu Begins in Tamil Nadu's Madurai Amid COVID Restrictions | WATCH Here
The 13 reservoirs in Karnataka such as Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini which are the major source of drinking water for Karnataka were full. Water from Kabini Dam was released as it was full following. Director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) Dr G S Srinivasa Reddy told,”If you see the status (of dams), it can be easily said that this year the level in all of them is quite satisfactory compared to that over the last 10 years.” Also Read - After Vijay's Master Leaks Online, Producer Xavier Britto Gets Into Legal Trouble
The water inflow into the Almatti dam across the Krishna river was 52,890 cusecs. Reddy added, “Because Almatti and Narayanapura are big dams, it will take time to get to the full level. But given the fact that there have been good rains in Maharashtra, the level in these dams may reach a satisfactory level.”
No major rain-related disasters occurred in the state this year because people were informed in advance by the authorities. Reddy said, “As of now, warning is not required because the intensity (of rain) has reduced. It (rain) has been heavy only in the ghat areas, where landslides may occur and damage roads.”
The dams which have reached their full capacity are Harangi, Hemavathi, Kabini, Tungabhadra, Almatti and Narayanapura, states a data provided by KSNDMC. Dams such as KRS, Bhadra and Malaprabha are recorded to have good inflows and are yet to fill up.
The water level at the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam across the Cauvery near Mysuru currently stood at 112 feet against its full level of 124 feet on Tuesday. KRS dam supplies water to Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mandya. If the flow in Cauvery remained the same for the next four to five days, the KRS dam would attain full level by the weekend, said Dr Reddy.
(With inputs from PTI)