MANDYA: Various organisations on Wednesday protested against the Cauvery Niravari Nigam Limited (CNNL) officials and the state government for releasing 8,052 cusecs from the KRS reservoir to Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists staged a protest in Srirangapatna taluk. They gathered near the Cauvery river near Wellesley bridge, shouting slogans against the state government.
KRV district vice-president Swamy Gowda said that Siddaramaiah is the first chief minister to have ordered the release of water from the KRS to Tamil Nadu even before the water-level reached 100 ft. Hundreds of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) activists protested in front of the CNNL office near the KRS.
They erected a board stating that the CNNL office is run by the Tamil Nadu government.
A protest was also held in Maddur taluk.
KRRS, Ambareesh Abhimanigala Sangha, Theatre Artistes’ Association and others blocked the Mysore-Bangalore highway. Villagers of Madarahalli village also blocked the Mandya-KM Doddi Main Road.
Inflow into KRS Up
The state government released 8,052 cusecs of water from the KRS reservoir and 12,000 cusecs of water from the Kabini reservoir on Tuesday morning.
The level at KRS dam stood at 90 ft (maximum capacity is 124.80 ft). On Wednesday, inflow to the dam was 24,579 cusecs and outflow was 8,052 cusecs.
The level in the KRS dam increased by 8 ft in the past four days. Water was released through four crest gates.
The water level in Kabini reservoir touched 2,280 ft on Wednesday afternoon. The inflow into the dam was 21,500 cusecs while the outflow was 10,000 cusecs.
Agricultural activities in Kabini catchment areas have picked up with farmers tilling land and carrying out sowing operations.