Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-02-08 16:46 Bengaluru: Water Resources Minister M B Patil on Wednesday told the Legislative Council that the state was planning to construct a “balancing dam” to off-set the loss of over 31 tmc of water due to the collection of silt in the Tungabhadra reservoir near Hospet in Ballari district. The minister said silt accumulation had resulted in shortage of water in the Tungabhadra command area. “A detailed project report is being put place,” said Patil in a reply to a question from Congress’s N S Bhosaraju during question hour. “The cost of the proposed balancing dam would be around Rs 500 to 600 crores and about 16000 acres of land, available in the proposed dam site, also been identified to realise the project.” In a reply to another question, the minister said the state government was strengthening as many as 27 major and medium sized dams in the state, including Krishnarajasagar (Cauvery), Alamatti (Krishna) and Narayanapur (Krishna) with the World Bank’s financial assistance. “We have set a target to complete the strengthening of as many as 22 reservoirs before June next year” he said. The minister said out of the 137 rehabilitation centres opened under the UPK State I and Stage II, as many as 87 centres had been handed over the concerned village panchayats, and the remaining would be handed over after providing all the necessary amenities as per the rehabilitation Act.