Rain forces Karnataka to release water to TN

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 14, 2018 02:56 PM IST

Chennai: Karnataka has finally released water to Tamilnadu as persistent rains in the Cauvery basin have ensured stark rise in the water levels in dams, including Kabini. The inflow is estimated to be around 1,000 cusecs at present.

Due to rains at the Western Ghats, water in the Servalar dam has risen by upto 17 ft in just two days, reaching 110 ft, sources have said. Other dams including Manimutharu in Tamilnadu are also seeing a rise in water levels.

It is said Karnataka dams are receiving nearly 90,000 cusecs inflow in the Cauvery Basin and more than 7.5 TMC added to the storage. Kabini is said to be at 60 per cent of its capacity at the moment.

Sources have stated that it takes two days for the water to reach Tamilnadu shores and eventually it is expected to reach the Mettur dam soon, the opening of which was delayed this year too due to low water levels. It is expected that once the water levels reach acceptable levels, the State government will release water, much to the relief of farmers.

On the other hand, Karnataka is still facing heat for not naming representatives for the Cauvery Management Board.