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Agricultural activities to pick up pace in Mysore district

Staff Correspondent

Four major reservoirs in Cauvery basin are full owing to copious rainfall


Mysore gets water from four dams for irrigation

1,21,555 hectares of land will be irrigated in district


— PHOTO: M A SRIRAM

heavy flow: Water being discharged into the Visvesvaraya canal from KRS dam.

MYSORE: Now that the four major reservoirs in Cauvery basin are full owing to copious rain, agricultural activities will commence in Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajnagar and Hassan districts in the coming week. Water will be discharged into the canals of the dams for irrigation purposes.

Water from Krishnarajasagar dam in Mandya district had been released into Visvesvaraya canal, and it is likely to be released into canals of the Kabini dam in Mysore district, in a few days.

As far as Mysore district is concerned, agricultural activities will gain momentum in the next week once water is released from the Kabini dam. Irrigation in the district mostly depend on the dam.

Advantage

Among the districts in the Cauvery basin, Mysore has an advantage over others since it gets water from the four major dams — KRS, Kabini, Harangi in Kodagu district and Hemavathy in Hassan district — for irrigation.

Joint Director of Agriculture Vishakanta told The Hindu that right and left bank canals of the Kabini dam would irrigate a sizeable portion of land in H.D. Kote, Nanjangud and T. Narsipur. The two anecuts in the upstream of the Cauv ery at Chunchankatte and Kattepura would irrigate parts of K.R. Nagar taluk. The Harangi dam irrigates parts of Hunsur, Periyapatna and K.R. Nagar taluks.

The right bank canal and Varuna canal and Virija canal irrigate land in Mysore district. The primary beneficiary of the dam is Mandya district. However, Virija canal irrigates more land than other canals. Hemavathy dam irrigates a small area in Hosa Agrahara in K.R. Nagar taluk through the right bank high-level canal (Borannagowda Nala).

According to Dr. Vishakanta, 1,21,555 hectares of land will be irrigated in the district. As many as 87,685 hectares is irrigated by canals, 17,377 hectares by tanks, 10, 323 hectares by wells, 5,795 hectares by borewells and 375 hectares by lift irrigation.

Meanwhile, sources said that the Irrigation Consultative Committee of KRS dam would meet on July 16 to ratify the decision to release water into the canal in the wake of rise in level of water in the dam.

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