Water level rising in Karnataka’s rain-fed reservoirs

Bengaluru: The water level in Karnataka’s major reservoirs has been steadily rising following copious rains in catchment areas, an official said on Tuesday.

“An active southwest monsoon has augured well for the state, as heavy rains in catchment areas have increased water levels in major reservoirs,” the official of the state Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre told IANS here.

The water level in Linganamakki reservoir in Shivamogga district rose to 1,774.40 feet against 1,819 feet maximum, with 11,898 cusecs of inflow on Monday.

Similarly, the water level in Bhadra reservoir touched 138.20 feet against 186 feet maximum, with heavy inflows from Bhadra river in the same district.

“The water level in Mani dam rose to 578 feet against 594 feet maximum with 3,502 cusecs of inflow from rain-fed catchment areas in the district,” the official noted.

Heavy rains also increased water levels in Hidkal and Malaprabha reservoirs in the state’s northwest region.

“With 15,223 cusecs of inflows from catchment areas in Kodagu district, water level in Haragni reservoir crossed 2,857 feet against 2,859 feet maximum,” the official added.

Inflow of 6,381 cusecs into KRS dam across river Cauvery in Mandya district increased the water level to 92 feet against 124 feet maximum.

Steady inflow (9,690 cusecs) has increased water level in Hemavathi reservoir in Hassan district to 2,891 feet against 2,922 feet maximum, while 6,431 cusecs inflow into Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district rose level to 2,267 feet against 2,284 feet maximum due to heavy rains at Wayanad in Kerala across the state border.

Moderate to heavy rains occurred in coastal and south interior areas of the state on Monday, with Agumbe recording 15cm, followed by 11cm each in Bhagamandala and Kalsa, 9cm in Madikeri and Somwarpet and 8cm in Chikamagaluru.