Finally, the feat is accomplished, with Nature’s grace though — KRS reservoir level is full to the brim, touching 124.08 ft this morning (maximum level is 124.80 ft). And this is no ordinary accomplishment because the reservoir, which had gone dry and dipped to 62.92 ft. five weeks ago, said to be the lowest in 68 years, got filled up in record time.

Considering a reduction of inflow into the reservoir since yesterday, outflow too has been reduced now, said Vijay Kumar, Executive Engineer, Department of Irrigation, who is in-charge of the KRS dam division.

Today’s inflow was 28,419 cusecs while the outflow has been reduced to 4,889 ft. Inflow into the reservoir ranged from 11,500 cusecs to 42,000 cusecs in the past week. The inflow is expected to considerably increase in the coming days as downpour in the catchment area has resumed since today.

“Large volumes of water may have to be released if the inflow increases,” Vijaykumar said, adding that water is released from all the 152 crest gates.

Safety of the dam being a major concern for the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited (CNNL), a team of the National Security Guards (NSG) visited the reservoir yesterday to inspect the security arrangements. Mandya District Police have also deployed their personnel at the dam site. Meanwhile, the Mandya district administration yesterday issued a flood warning and cautioned people along the downstream of the reservoir to move to safer places.

Boating has been stopped at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna since Monday. “The excess water will be channeled into the river that passes through Srirangapatna, Bannur, T. Narsipur, Mahadevapura and finally into Tamil Nadu at a place called Biligondlu, where the river gauge of Karnataka State is established to measure the volume of water that flows out of the State into Tamil Nadu,” as reported in a national daily today.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore