Rising summer heat pushes tourists towards Tamill Nadu’s Hogenakkal Falls

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Hogenakkaal (TN), May 10 : With summer temperatures continuing to rise, tourists and locals are heading towards the Hogenakkaal waterfalls in Tamil Nadu for relief.

Hogenakkal, has many waterfalls, as waters of the River Cauvery cut through rocky terrain. It is estimated that there are more than 30 small waterfalls and 10 big ones.

“We have came here to enjoy boating in the Hogenakkal and we have enjoyed it,” said Nazim Banu, a tourist.

“Amazing tourist place. The atmosphere here is scintillating and I can suggest to all people of Bangalore and nearby places that it is a must-visit place. So, do come here with your family and friends and enjoy this beautiful place,” said Sathya Narayan, another tourist.

Located 750 feet above sea level in the Melagiri Hills, the waters of the Hogenakkaal Falls are medicated due to numerous medicinal plants nearby.

From Daily India

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Arakkonam to get Cauvery water soon

CHENNAI: Cauvery water will soon be brought to Arakkonam, about 80km from here, as part of the ambitious Hogenakkal Drinking Water Supply Scheme.

Making the announcement in the assembly on Monday, deputy chief minister MK Stalin said the parched Vellore district, within which Arakkonam falls, would be covered by the project, being executed at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore. This will be done in the second phase of the project, work for which is presently on to bring drinking water to the fluoride affected districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri at a cost of Rs 1,926 crore.

Stalin said that the physical works for the Hogenakkal scheme would begin by March. The work would be completed ahead of its December 2012 schedule.

From TOI

Chennai: Parts of Madurai district to get Cauvery water

When TWAD Board’s drinking water supply project becomes operational

81 MLD to be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats, 1,431 rural habitations

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for project

CHENNAI: Parts of Madurai district, including Melur and Thirumangalam, are to get Cauvery water when the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board’s drinking water supply project, estimated to cost Rs.586 crore, is operational.

Under the project, 81 million litres a day (MLD) will be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats and 1,431 rural habitations in Madurai district and one town panchayat of Sivaganga district.

Avaniapuram is one of the municipalities to be covered, a board official says, adding that the limits of the Madurai Municipal Corporation will not be served.

Present plan

As per the present plan, Cauvery water will be tapped from near Mettu Mahadanapuram upstream of Kulithalai. The total length of water conveyance line will be 380 km from the source point. Sub-surface water will be drawn by digging three collector wells.

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for the project.

The official says that the project report will be ready by the month-end.

Originally, the project was to cover three municipalities, four town panchayats and 155 rural habitations. At that time, the cost of supplying water worked out to around Rs.37 per kilo litre.

As the government considered it to be high, the board was directed to come up with an alternative plan that would bring down the cost. Under the revised plan, the cost comes to approximately Rs.17 per KL.

The official explains that initially the board considered tapping water from the Vaigai dam. As this source was not regarded as sustainable, the TWAD Board decided to bring Cauvery water to Madurai district.

Areas to be covered

At present, the areas to be covered under the project are using local sources. By extending Cauvery water, the service level in rural habitations will go up to 40 litres per capita per day (LPCD); 90 LPCD in urban local bodies and 135 LPCD in municipalities where underground sewer schemes have been envisaged.

As regards urban local bodies (ULBs), funds will be drawn through the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), which broadly comes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

As for the rural habitations, the cost of the project will be met through the Minimum Needs Programme. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has already given the approval in principle for Rs.258 crore.

The official says the remaining amount will be provided by the State government.

Asked whether the latest drinking water supply project, using the Cauvery as the source, will have any adverse effect on farmers for agriculture, the TWAD Board official replies in the negative and adds that the quantum of water to be drawn for the Madurai district project will not even be one thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) — to be precise, 0.98 (rpt: 0.98) tmcft.

As of now, 29.37 tmcft of Cauvery water is used for all the drinking water projects.

This includes the recently-commissioned Ramanathapuram combined water supply project, which requires 1.2 tmcft. The proposed Hogenakkal and Vellore water supply projects envisage 1.3 tmc ft each, the official adds.

From The Hindu

Tamilnadu: Flood alert sounded in Cauvery around Hogenakkal

Dharmapuri (TN), Oct 14 (PTI) 16:21 HRS IST –  A flood alert was sounded along the banks of Cauvery river and bathing banned in the famous tourist spot of Hogenakkal waterfall in the district today following release of surplus water from dams in neighbouring Karnataka into the inter-state river.

District Collector P Amudha issued the flood alert orders in Hogenakkal, about 45 km from here, asking people living in low lying areas to move to safer places.

She said coracle operation and fishing were also banned in the river until further order, while tourists have been instructed not to take bath in Hogenakkal waterfall.

The alert was being sounded in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai and Biligundalu forest areas.

Due to the release of excess water from Krishnaraj Sagar and Kabini dams in Karnataka, the water level has been steadily increasing in Cauvery, which enters Tamil Nadu at Hogenakkal.

From PTI

High water level in Cauvery: Flood alert in Hogenakal

Dharmapuri, Sep 19: Due to increase in the water level in river Cauvery today, the villagers living around the river bed areas in Hogenakkal near here were asked to vacate and move to safer places.

PWD sources said due to the release of surplus water from Krishnaraj Sagar and Kabini reservoirs in Karnataka and continuous rainfall in catchment areas the water flow into river Cauvery considerably increased from yesterday.

The water flow stood at 43,000 cusecs per second till this evening.

The path way to water falls has been immersed in water.

Fishing and coracle operations were terminated and tourists were also advised not to take bath in the river.

Officials from various departments including Revenue, PWD, Forest, Police and Fire Rescue Operations were deployed to monitor the situation, sources added. – Agencies

From CHENNAI ONLINE

Karnataka is releasing Cauvery water: Minister

Bangalore: Karnataka is releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu in accordance with the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

The Minister for Water Resources, Basavaraj Bommai, said here on Monday that the Karnataka government was releasing adequate water to Tamil Nadu as all the Cauvery basin reservoirs — Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), Kabini, Harangi and Hemavathi — were full.

“Adequate quantum”

“I am not aware of the exact quantum of water released to Tamil Nadu since the beginning of the current water year [after the onset of the southwest monsoon] but we have released an adequate quantum and are continuing to release [water].”

On Monday, water from the KRS was being released at 14,944 cusecs and at 5,000 cusecs from the Kabini, at 9,633 cusecs from Harangi and at 8,830 cusecs from the Hemavathi reservoir.

“Good water year”

“It is a good water year in the Cauvery basin region,” the Minister said.

Asked about the Karnataka government pursuing the Hogenakkal case (construction of a minor dam by Tamil Nadu reportedly to meet drinking water requirements in a few adjoining districts), Mr. Bommai said the State government had referred the matter to legal experts.

In the aftermath of the ‘statue diplomacy’ between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, reports have surfaced that the two States are likely to opt for bilateral talks to sort out all issues pertaining to the sharing of Cauvery waters rather than challenge each other in court.

The Hogenakkal issue is one among the many cases between the two States pending in the Supreme Court.

From THE HINDU

Hogenakkal Falls in Tamil Nadu – The Cascading Beauty

Hogenakkal is situated Karnataka-Tamilnadu borders at 46 km from Dharmapuri(Tamilnadu). From here river Cauvery enters into Tamil Nadu as a big river with cascading waters. The water of Cauvery spreads for miles around and on these waters tourists can cruise around on country made dinghies (boats).