No water for second crop due to falling water level in dams: Minister

Submitted by alvin on Sun, 2016-06-26 10:49 Bengaluru: Faced with dwindling water level in reservoirs, the state government has decided not to supply water to farmers to irrigate their second crop, thereby going back on its own promise.Water Resources Minister MB Patil said the state government had decided against supply water to the winter crop as a precautionary measure. “The same water will be utilised to ensure adequate drinking water to the people,” he said.He said water level in Krishnaraja Sagar, Almatti and other dams and watershed areas had fallen due to the delayed monsoon. Stating that water in many reservoirs had reached dead storage, the minister warned of a never-before seen crisis if the situation didn't improve in the next two weeks. Patil said that only rain gods could save the state from a water crisis in the days to come. Patil also denied the allegations of former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar regarding irregularities in awarding tenders for Malaprabha reservoir modernisation scheme.