BANGALORE : Even as the city received more than average rainfall during the monsoon, major reservoirs like the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir are yet to be full, according to officials of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
The reservoir, a major source of water supply to the city, almost dried up in previous years with water levels reaching as low as 5 feet. As a result, BWSSB was forced to look elsewhere for its water sources.
According to a senior official, the level at the reservoir currently is 36 feet. This is a long way to go from the total capacity of 74 feet. However, the level is still better than last year when level stood at 25 feet after Diwali.
TG Halli or Chamarajsagar, as it is popularly known, is located at the confluence of Arkavathy and Kumudavathi rivers, 35 km to the west of the city. The catchment area is 1,453 sq km and in the past the reservoir supplied up to 125-130 MLD of water to Bangalore. “We are hoping more rain will improve the situation at the reservoir. However, there is no need for worry at the moment,” the official said. Now with the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir being full, water supply to the city will not be threatened, he said.
The monsoon so far has been very strong in Bangalore with the city having received 301 mm of rain since October 1. From January this year, there has been 109 cm of rainfall as compared to the normal of 98 cm. The meteorology department continues to predict further rainfall in the coming days.