Karnataka releases surplus Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

Salem/Dharmapuri: With rain resuming in Karnataka, after a few days gap the surplus Cauvery water was on Thursday released from Kabini dam and Krishnaraja Sagar dam to Tamil Nadu. “The water reached the gauging station at Biligundulu, near Hogenakkal in Dharmapuri district on Thursday evening. From there, water reached Hogenakkal waterfalls on the same night,” a Central water commission (CWC) official in Biligundulu told TOI.

Following the heavy rain in water catchment areas of Karnataka, huge quantum of water was released from Krishnaraja Sagar dam and Kabini dam in the past. It crossed 12,000cusecs on Thursday. As of now, 12,500cusecs of water is being released from both the dams.

CWC officials said the water inflow is expected to increase in the days to come. According to PWD officials at Mettur dam, the water level there stood at 73.37ft against its full capacity of 120ft. The inflow was 9,000cusecs and the discharge level was 1,250cusecs.

Sources said, the water inflow to Kabini dam measured around 5,000cusecs, while the outflow was 3,600cusecs. Similarly, inflow to Krishnaraja Sagar dam was 10,000cusecs while the outflow was 7,500cusecs. “If the same situation continues for a few more days, both the dams would reach its full capacity,” sources said and added that the Karnataka government would release all copious water to Tamil Nadu after the dams reach its full level. tnn

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