The Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir, being filled to its maximum capacity in a record span of five weeks and large volumes of water being released from the dam, more than 50,000 persons are said to have visited the dam yesterday, it being Sunday.

According to sources at the dam division, the parking space outside the dam region was full to capacity and the crowd was flowing since 10 am to 8 pm, with the number of vehicles visiting the dam being more than 5,000 on a single day, according to the toll collection. The amount of revenue collected through toll collection, entry fees at the garden and the number of vehicles, is yet to be ascertained.

It is said that 60,000 cusecs of water was released yesterday in view of the dam’s safety. There was a heavy rush at the musical fountain, a major attraction at the KRS, which is functional only on Saturdays and Sundays, between 7 am and 8 pm.

Since visitors — except family members of the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited (CNNL), Irrigation Department and VIPs — are restricted entry to the dam, an incident of heated arguments ensued between some tourists and Dam Division officials. The local tourists questioned the propriety of some persons being given the privilege of walking on the dam while the rest were restricted to the garden region alone. The officials tried to explain that those who were allowed to the dam possessed special passes issued by the CNNL Executive Director Vijay Kumar. However, the locals alleged that some tourists were allowed onto the dam on payment of money to some officials.

Security measures too were beefed up with four DAR platoons, one KSRP platoon and 25 personnel from KRS Police Station led by Circle Inspector Prasad deputed at the dam region.

Thanks to a widened road, there was no traffic jam at the KRS, said an official, adding that all CCTV cameras are functioning and being monitored.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore