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Heavy outflow of Krishna Raja Sagar water inundates temples

Following continuous increase in the outflow of water from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir here on Sunday, temple complexes in Srirangapatna taluk were inundated by the flooding of Cauvery river.

Published: 16th July 2018 06:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2018 06:29 AM   |  A+A-

A visitor takes a photo of the inundated Paschimavahini Ganapathi Temple in Srirangapatna | Udayashankar S

By Express News Service

MANDYA: Following continuous increase in the outflow of water from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir here on Sunday, temple complexes in Srirangapatna taluk were inundated by the flooding of Cauvery river, causing inconvenience to devotees. The outflow of water from the dam that varied in the day had touched up to 73,159 cusecs against the inflow of 51,679 cusecs of water by evening. The water level stood at 123.27 feet against the maximum storage level of 124.80 feet.

As the water was discharged, Nimishamba and Gautama temples at Ganjam in Srirangapatna taluk were flooded, with the flowing river water touching Nimishamba temple complex. As a result, the changing rooms, built on the river-bund abutting the shrine to facilitate women, was out of bounds. Similar was the situation at the Gautama shrine and the Ganapati Temple at Paschimavahini. Here too the devotees were caught off guard.As a precautionary measure, the authorities have suspended the entry of tourists and visitors to the famous Brindavan Garden near KRS dam.

The musical fountain that largely attracts tourists was also suspended for the day. Boating has also been suspended at Ranganathittu bird sanctuary. With the increase in outflow of water from the KRS dam that is near brimming, the district administration has already sounded a flood alert.

Following the grim situation in Srirangapattana, a posse of officials, led by Deputy Commissioner Manjushree and tahsildar Nagesh took stock of the situation and made fervent appeals to the people residing in the river side to vacate the same, to prevent damages if any, in case of flood. With water flowing in force, tourists and passersby were seen stopping over at historical Wesley bridge at Srirangapatna town only to catch the moment on their cellphone cameras.

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