March 20, 2023
Karnataka To Get Real-Time Water Data System At Dams: Maharashtra Minister

Jayant Patil stated the system shall be set-up at programs at Almatti dam and Narayanpur dam.


Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil on Saturday stated the Karnataka authorities has determined to arrange real-time information acquisition system (RTDAS) at its Almatti and Narayanpur dams to observe the water degree, which is able to assist stop recurrence of the flood state of affairs that Kolhapur and Sangli districts of Maharashtra confronted in 2019.

Mr Patil, the state Water Resources Minister, stated this after holding a high-level assembly with Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and its Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai at Bengaluru to resolve the water-related points between the 2 neighbouring states.

Unprecedented rainfall had wreaked havoc throughout the 2019 monsoon season in western Maharashtra, particularly in Kolhapur and Sangli districts, claiming over 60 lives. After the floods, it was alleged that the Karnataka authorities was accountable for it because it didn’t launch water from the Almatti dam on the Krishna river and its backwater led to flooding within the Maharashtra districts.

Talking to reporters after the assembly, Mr Patil stated, “Maharashtra already has a real-time data acquisition system in Krishna river basin, which helps the officials gauge the pace of water level rise due to rains. It helps them take decisions, like the release of water from dams, to avoid flooding.”

“Now, it has been decided to set up similar systems at Almatti dam and Narayanpur dam (Basava Sagar) for better coordination between officials in both the states,” he stated.

The RTDAS was put in in Maharashtra with the World Bank funding. The system began functioning round six-seven years again, whereby automated rain gauge offers precipitation information in real-time to the water assets division together with the rising water ranges and in-flow right into a dam.

“We need to dynamically manage Almatti dam water level and rise in the river water level. If it is dynamically monitored and managed, we will be able to overcome the flood situation,” Mr Patil stated.

This system, as soon as arrange in Karnataka’s Almatti and Narayanpur dams, will assist the officers of each the states overcome the potential for floods. In case Maharashtra has to launch water from its dams as a precautionary measure, it’ll inform the Karnataka officers who would accordingly decrease their water degree in Almatti and Narayanpur dams.

This alleged lack of communication in 2019 had resulted into Maharashtra releasing lakhs of cusecs water into river beds that flooded the villages on the banks. Later, Karnataka additionally needed to discharge comparable quantity of water these dams, which had triggered havoc there as effectively.

Krishna river originates in Satara district and flows by Sangli and Kolhapur earlier than coming into Karnataka. The Almatti dam in Karnataka has been a bone of competition as late discharge of water from the dam is alleged to be behind the flooding in Kolhapur and Sangli districts in 2019 in addition to in 2005, which not solely claimed a number of human and animal lives, but in addition triggered large-scale loss to the agriculture sector.

Mr Patil’s assembly with the Karnataka CM and ministers was geared toward enhancing coordination between the 2 states over flood administration. Last yr, a delegation from Karnataka had visited Maharashtra as a part of it.

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