MYSORE: It’s raining good news for Karnataka. Floodwater continues to flow out of Kabini dam near Mysore even as the inflow is likely to go up, given the torrential rainfall in its catchment area in Waynad district (Kerala).

Water resources department is maintaining the water level at 2,280 feet, releasing 35,000 cusecs, the inflow the dam logged on Thursday. “We are not impounding the water anymore and releasing the quantity what we are getting,” sources told TOI. The water outflow is likely to go up later as the inflow is steadily increasing, they added.

The outflow was stepped up from 30,000 to 40,000 cusecs late on Wednesday night, but was cut down by 5,000 cusecs following decrease in the inflow. Sources stated that water may be released to the right bank and left bank canals from next week. The water released from the dam has reached Biligundlu located on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border.

Following an increase outflow, the bridge connecting HD Kote to N Begur downstream of the dam has been submerged. Traffic has also been diverted.

Meanwhile, water flow into three major reservoirs in Cauvery basin has increased in the last 24 hours. It has doubled at Hemavathy dam near Hassan and the level has jumped by 5 feet since Wednesday. The dam is receiving 23,701 cusecs and the level is 2,883.50 feet (as against the maximum of 2,922 feet). It has 11.091 tmcft gross storage.

The water level at Harangi has reached 2,849.34 feet – it is 10 feet below its maximum level of 2,859 feet. The inflow has jumped from 8,670 to 13,831 cusecs. Given the inflow, the dam is likely to be filled to the brim in a week and the floodwater from upstream Harangi will help boost storage at KRS dam, which has seen its level increasing steadily following incessant rainfall in Cauvery river catchment areas in Kodagu district.

The water level in the reservoir has increased by 21 feet since June 12. The water level, which was stood at 62.92 feet on June 12, has shot up to 85.90 feet on Thursday (the dam is receiving 21,147 cusecs). “The storage will increase steadily at least for a week as it has rained torrentially in Kodagu,” a senior official of the water resources department said. This comes amidst farmers’ demand to release water to canals from KRS reservoir for agriculture activities.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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