The Irrigation Consultative Committee (ICC) of Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) has decided to release water from Bhadra reservoir to the canals from July 12 for a period of 100 days for cultivation of kharif crops in the command area.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of ICC held in Bengaluru on Tuesday. At present, the live storage of water in the reservoir is 33 tmc ft. against the total live storage capacity of 63 tmc ft. Of the 33 tmc ft, 7 tmc ft. should be reserved to cater to the drinking water needs of human habitats in the command area and the remaining will be used for irrigation purpose.

The meeting decided to release 2,650 cusecs along the right bank canal and 300 cusecs along the left bank canal of the reservoir. If the water is released at this rate, it would last for 85 days.

The engineers of Bhadra CADA present in the meeting have said that, as the south-west monsoon will be active in the catchment area of the reservoir till the end of August, further enhancement in the water level is expected.

Demand

A few elected representatives and functionaries of water users’ consultative committee present in the meeting demanded release of water along the canals for a period of 120 days. They said that as there will be delay in water reaching the tail-end region of the command area, the period of release of water should be extended.

The command area of Bhadra reservoir is spread over an area of 1.20 lakh hectare in Shivamogga, Davanagere, Chitradurga and Haveri districts. Owing to deficiency of rain, the water was not released for cultivation of kharif crops in the year 2017.

D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Water Resources; Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere South MLA; S.A. Ravindranath, Davangere North MLA; Karunakara Reddy, Harapanahalli MLA; M.P. Renukacharya, Honnali MLA; and B.K. Sangameshwar, Bhadravathi MLA, attended the meeting.

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