Will Karnataka take the plunge to restore Jog to its heights?

Will Karnataka take the plunge to restore Jog to its heights?

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-17 19:44 Bengaluru: Jog Falls, said to be the second highest plunge waterfall in the state, could become a year-round crowd-puller if the state government approves a project report concerning the falls.Located in Sagara taluk, Shivamogga district, Jog Falls draws an annual crowd of eight lakh visitors, making it one of the big tourist attractions in the state.  However, the glory is short lived as the waterfall turns into trickle during the non-rainy months since it does not have a perennial water source. As the monsoon retreats, the splendour of Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket fall silent and the visitors vanish.But the Jog Management Authority (JMA) has prepared a proposal so that the waterfall’s splendour is not diminished during the rest of the year. In a report submitted to the state government earlier this year, the JMA proposes to store the water released from Linganamakki dam in a reservoir or anicut. The stored water will be then pumped to a storage pond in the upstream of Sita Katte Bridge (SKB) and released back to the falls.According to the DPR, a copy of which is available with Bfirst, the Rs 408-cr project aims to ensure the glory of waterfall for eight hours a day during non-rainy days. “The water will be pumped directly from the storage pond through two pipes of 1600mm diameter. The total distance covered from the reservoir and storage pond near SKB will be 3210 metres,” the report says.The report, which also mentions about a feasible study being done by a private agency, says that it requires two generators with an installed capacity of 16.71 megawatt of power to pump water by consuming 24.74 MW of power. The same will be generating 47.84 million units of electricity during the monsoon days.The authority has also planned to construct retaining walls on either side of the river bed, along the river bed around the storage tank near the SKB, which falls within the river bed. “A retaining wall with a height of five meters will construct to avoid any submergence of the forest due to construction of the dam,” the report says.It could be recalled that the state government had announced the beautification and revival of glory of Jog falls in budget 2015-16.The splendour of JogJog Falls still continues to charm the visitors. The fire accident at the Sharavathi plant on February 18, 2016, has damaged the entire plant. As a result the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) has completely stopped the power generation. The plant has now been taken for repair and maintenance.