Dry days ahead as majority of reservoirs have no water in Karnataka

Dry days ahead as majority of reservoirs have no water in Karnataka

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-11-25 17:02 Ballari: It appears that the state is headed for more dry days as majority of the reservoirs have no water. However, Almatti reservoir is an exception, said Water Resources Minister MB Patil.  Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, he said that as many as 139 taluks in the state have been declared drought-hit. Besides, crops worth Rs 10,000 to 12,000 crore have been destroyed in the state, he added. He further said that many studies have been conducted on desilting Tungabhadra reservoir. However, it is difficult to remove the silt from the reservoir as at least 66,000 acres of land is needed to deposit the silt, pointed out Patil.  At present, KRS reservoir has 15 tmc of water and only, 2,000 cusec of water is released to Tamil Nadu. However, the court has been appealed to review the share, he pointed out. On demands of releasing Tungabhadra water to industries, the minister said that it is being reviewed.​