Following protests by members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) in front of the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited office, demanding the immediate release of River Cauvery water to the VC Canal, the Engineers of Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam in Mandya have taken action. They have decided to release water to the Canal, North Gate.
This decision was prompted by the copious rains in Kodagu district and the water release from the Harangi Dam, which will eventually reach the KRS Dam, causing the water level at KRS to rise.
Starting from the previous evening, water is being released to all the canals of the KRS Dam to aid farmers in saving their standing crops as well as cultivating new crops.
Earlier, farmers had expressed concerns that the standing crops in the Cauvery basin were on the verge of drying up due to the lack of adequate water supply. They voiced their frustration that the authorities were not releasing water despite the water level being at a comfortable level.
With crops cultivated on lakhs of hectares now ready for harvesting, the failure to provide water at this critical stage could result in significant losses for the farmers. Consequently, the farmers set a week’s deadline for the release of water. If the authorities fail to meet this deadline, the farmers have threatened to intensify their protest further.