Incessant rains lashing the Western Ghats and in the Krishna basin resulted in heavy inflow into the Almatti reservoir here.

The inflow to the reservoir, which was at the rate of 30,118 cusecs on Friday increased to 34,933 cusecs on Saturday.

More significant is that it is the rainfall in the Krishna basin that has increased the inflow into the dam in the last two days. The dams in Maharashtra, including those at Koyna, Doodhganga, and Radhanagari are yet to get filled up, and consequently there is no outflow from the reservoirs.

According to sources, the water level in the dams in Maharashtra is only half their full capacity.

Last year, by June-end, the Almatti dam had 12 tmcft of water, with the water level at 504 m and an inflow at the rate of 9,387 cusecs.

This year, the inflow which started at the rate of 485 cusecs, has now increased to over 30,000 cusecs.

With more showers expected in the Krishna basin and in the Western Ghats, the inflow is likely to increase further, officials said, adding that further increase in inflow was likely for the next three to four days.

Officials are yet to take a decision on the release of water from the reservoir and it is likely to be taken soon, based on the inflow.

Famers are hoping that the government will soon announce plans to release water to the irrigation canals.

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