Cauvery Water To Canals:Government Says NO

Aug 4, 2017

 Bengaluru:Even as there are widespread protests by the farming community demanding the State Government to release Cauvery water to their canals for them to take up agricultural activities, the Government has indicated that it will not be releasing water to the fields in the basin areas.

Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil said yesterday that the State was not in a position to release water to the crops as it has to save water for drinking purposes.

“There is poor inflow into the Cauvery river basin reservoirs and the storage level in four major reservoirs in the Cauvery basin-Harangi,Kabini,Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) and Hemavathi-is also low when compared to last year. The Present (live) storage in four reservoirs is 43 tmcft. In this situation, we need to save drinking water to cater to the needs of Mysuru, Bengaluru and Mandya,” Patil said.

With availability of 43 tmcft and the kharif crops’ requirement of 96 tmcft of water, the Government would not be in a position to release water to crops owing to severe shortage in water levels in four reservoirs owing to erratic monsoon.

Source: Star of Mysore