All the major reservoirs in Kalaburagi and Bidar districts have received good inflow and those in Kalaburagi district were filled to the brim for the first time after several years following heavy rain in the catchment areas.
Chief Engineer of the Kalaburagi Irrigation Zone Jagannath Halangi told The Hindu on Friday that the Bennethora dam providing irrigation facilities to the Bennethora Major Irrigation Project had reached its full capacity of 5.29 tmcft and inflow was at the rate of 41,000 cusecs and the entire inflow is being let out to the river stream. Lower Mullamani Dam providing irrigation facilities to the Lower Mullamari Project too reached its full capacity of 1.73 tmcft and the inflow was at the rate of 20,000 cusecs. The outflow was the same. Gondorinala dam had reached its full capacity of 1.74 tmcft and the inflow of 13,000 cusecs of water is being let out. Chandrampalli had reached its capacity of 1.2 tmcft and the inflow of 11,000 cusecs was being let out.
The Bhima Lift Irrigation project dam at Sonna village in Afzalpur taluk in Kalabuagi district had reached its capacity of 3.1 tmcft and the inflow of 1,800 cusecs in the Bhima is being let out into the river stream. The Upper Mullamari project in Bidar district was full to its capacity of .749 tmcft. The Chulkinala project dam in Bidar district continued to get good inflow and the present storage was .75 tmcft against the full capacity of 1 tmcft.
Mr. Halangi said that the Karanja Major Irrigation Project reservoir also continued to get good inflow and the present storage in the reservoir was 2.8 tmcft against the full capacity of 7 .69 tmcft. The present inflow of 8,000 cusecs is retained in the reservoir and the inflow into the reservoir is likely to increase by Friday evening and the Karanja Reservoir is likely to reach new heights in the storage this year.
Life was thrown out of gear in many parts of the Kalaburagi district due to heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. As per official reports, the district received 62 mm rainfall. While Chincholi received 91.8 mm, Kalaburagi 85 mm, Chittapur 60 mm, Aland 57.03 mm, 50.15 mm in Afzalpur, 50.36 mm in Sedam, and 38.52 mm in Jewargi taluk.