Karnataka releases 26.5 tmc ft of water to Tamil Nadu
Mysuru: With the state receiving 17 per cent more rainfall than usual this South West Monsoon as much as 26.5 TMC of water has already reached Biligundlu in Tamil Nadu since June 1, just 7.5 TMC short of the 34 TMC Karnataka has been directed to release to the neighbouring state by the end of July by the Supreme Court.
With rain continuing to batter the Cauvery catchment area, all the dams in the basin, including the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS), Kabini, Harangi and Hemavathi continue to receive heavy inflow and having reached full reservoir levels (FRL) in record time, are releasing huge quantities of water into the rivers. The KRS released the bulk of 81,842 cusecs to the Cauvery river leading to Tamil Nadu, followed by Kabini which released 35,800 cusecs on Tuesday.
The Hemavathi reservoir released 31,875 cusecs to the river leading to KRS dam and Harangi reservoir 21,873 cusecs to it on Tuesday.The KRS received as much as 71,964 cusecs, taking its water level to 122.40 feet as against its capacity to store 124.80feet, on Tuesday. The water level at Kabini on Tuesday was 2282 feet as against its capacity to hold 2284 feet and at Hemavathi, the water level on Tuesday stood at 2919.64 feet as against its capacity to store 2922 feet. The water level of the Harangi reservoir stood at 2856.12 feet as against its capacity to hold 2859 feet on Tuesday.
With the Cauvery flooding Hogenekal on its way to Mettur dam, the entry to the tourist spot has been banned. Going by the weathermen between June 1 and July 15 south interior Karnataka covering Mysuru, Chamarjnagar and Mandya received 21 per cent more rainfall than usual, and the Malnad, including Kodagu received 38 per cent excess rainfall . Kodagu alone received 40 per cent more rain than usual for this period. Coastal Karnataka too has received received 16 per cent more rainfall than usual. Only north interior Karnataka has received 9 per cent less rainfall than usual so far this monsoon.