With KRS reservoir recording an inflow of 3,336 cusecs water from Hemavathi river and registering a rise of 2.5 ft. at the storage level, the water-starved citizens of Mysore city can now heave a sigh of relief as the received water can be supplied to the citizens for the next 15 to 20 days.

Krishnaraja MLA M.K. Somashekar, accompanied by Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW) Executive Engineer Subramanya, Superintending Engineer Krishna and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS&DB) Executive Engineer Subbegowda today conducted an inspection of the KRS reservoir and Hongalli water pumping station where an additional 240 HP pump was pressed into service.

Corporators Jagadish and Manjula Manasa and others accompanied Somashekar during his inspection.

The level of KRS dam has now increased to 66.55 ft. as against 64 ft. on May 20.

It is believed that the ongoing problem related to water scarcity would be solved once the monsoon starts, which is expected to commence at the end of this month.

At Kabini

Kabini reservior has also recorded a marginal increase in its inflow following rains at catchment areas.

DC instructs JUSCO to supply more water to city

Meanwhile, in the wake of increase in the water level at KRS, Mysore Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha and KUWS&DB Managing Director Prabhakar held a meeting yesterday with JUSCO officials here and instructed them to supply the available water to the city adequately.

They also instructed the officials to attend to complaints related to drinking water 24x7.

Briefing the officials regarding the current situation, MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh said that an additional 15 to 20 MLD water can be pumped to Mysore city as the second emergency motor with a capacity of 240 HP at the Hongalli Pumping Station, which was not functioning previously, has started to function.

Earlier, out of two such motors, one motor was functioning through which limited amount of water was pumped from KRS. Now, since the second emergency motor is ready to function after providing a separate electricity facility more water can be pumped, Shikha said.

JUSCO officials were instructed to supply water by using five additional tankers in addition to JUSCO’s 15 tankers and MCC’s 17 tankers.

Ramesh also mentioned that complaints related to the supply of drinking water had reduced and added that water supply in the city could be managed till the arrival of monsoon rains.

Clear silt at KRS

Meanwhile, Karnataka Pra-desh Congress Committee (KPCC) Minority Department Joint Secretary Sundar D’Souza has urged CM Siddharamaiah to take steps to clear the silt which is 30-40 ft. deep at KRS.

In a press release, he has said that KRS has the capacity of storing 124.80 ft. water. Now, since the water level at KRS has reduced, it is the ideal time for authorities to take up the clean-up work which will help increase the storage capacity at the KRS.

Sundar has mentioned that clearing the silt would not only increase the storage capacity, but will also help in providing adequate water to farmers and drinking water to Mysore, Mandya and Bangalore districts.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore