BWSSB Asks For 15tmcft Water in KRS Dam to Ward Off Shortage

Published: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  To ensure there is no water shortage in the city, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has asked the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited (CNNL) to ensure storage of 15tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water in Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir up to June 2016.

BWSSB engineer-in-chief S Krishnappa said a letter in this connection was sent to CNNL late on Thursday evening. “The city needs 1.5 tmcft of water per month to cater to its requirements. If just the KRS dam can store up to 15 TMC, it would ensure uninterrupted water supply for us up to the middle of next year. For the city to receive its daily quota of 1,400 to 1,450 million litres per day from Cauvery, the Siva Anicut barrage must be able to supply it 600 cusecs (cubic feet per second),” Krishnappa said. This would be possible only if the KRS reservoir has sufficient storage water, he added.

Usually, the period from December to June is considered lean in terms of water supply.

But this year the lean period has begun from September due to the lack of rainfall, he said, adding that there was a chance of a distress situation in the future.

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