Mysore: Birds from Siberia add colour to lakes

MYSORE: It is wintertime and the water bodies surrounding Mysore city have for once turned all lively and vibrant. Courtesy arrival of hundreds of winged visitors, all the way from Siberia. Escaping the cold climatic conditions of the place, bar-headed geese have arrived in the look out for food and warmer climatic conditions, much to the delight of bird lovers in the city.

At places like Kadalipura in Somanathpur, KRS back waters, Devi Kere and Kabini backwaters surrounding Mysore city, bunches of migratory winged visitors have been holidaying, basking in the warmth of Mysore weather, for over a month now. Resting and feeding upon simple foods like the algae, paddy buds and insects, the birds will stay put at the place until March. “The migratory bar headed geese can be found at Kadalipura in Somanathpura, Devi kere, KRS and Kabini back waters here,” says city-based bird watcher Ravikumar G, “They arrived here over a month back and have been visiting water bodies in and around Mysore city for over years now. But we are delighted to know they have arrived in the city all the way from Siberia for all these years we believed they arrived from the Himalayas. We could recognize them as visitors from Siberia looking at the details available on their neck collars.”

Bar headed goose is a nocturnal bird that breeds in Central Asia and is one of the world’s high flying birds. It is pale gray-bodied with black bars on the head. Says Ravi, “these birds mostly migrate to the place to roost/sleep during mornings and do not like to be disturbed during the time. While over 400 of them can be found in Kadalipura, about 600 have arrived at the Devi kere.” “We having been witnessing that the geese are visiting these lakes for over 10 years. They would also migrate to a lake at Hadinaaru near the city in large numbers but have stopped visiting the same for four years as the fishing activities started increasing at the lake, disturbing the winged visitors.” “The number of birds visiting the lakes near Mysore has decreased as well. While over a 1,000 of them were found migrating a couple of years ago, their numbers have reduced to around 400 now,” he adds.

However, people residing in places around the lakes visited by the birds are not too pleased for they fear that the birds feed on the fish, though they actually do not do so, says Ravi. “The birds mostly feed on algae, insects and on paddy buds and do not feed on the fish in the lakes,” he said.

From TOI

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Karnataka Tourism: KRS dam to get Rs 5 crore

MYSORE: The famed Brindavan Gardens in Krishnarajsagar Dam will get Rs 5 crore for its development and Nimishamba Temple in Srirangapatna Rs 50 lakh.

The tourism department is focusing on Mysore region to tap into the tourism potential for generation of employment and revenue.

Having released Rs 1 crore for creation/upgradation of facilities at the Brindavan Gardens, tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy granted the request of Srirangapatna MLA A B Ramesh Bandisiddegowda for additional funds to improve infrastructure to attract tourists. The funds will be provided this fiscal, he told the MLA after the launch of additional facilities at KRS and Srirangapatna’s KSTDC properties.

The KSTDC has extended facilities like additional rooms at Hotel Mysore Cauvery in KRS Dam and at Hotel Mayura River View at Srirangapatna, which is located on the banks of Cauvery river. The river view will get river rafting.

Launching the facilities to the visitors, Reddy said the focus is on tourism. There is a lot of scope here since this region has the potential in heritage tourism (Mysore and Srirangapatna), eco-tourism (Mysore, Kodagu and Chamarajnagar districts) and medical tourism. Referring to the rise in allocation of funds, he said this has allowed the department to concentrate on creation/upgradation of tourist infrastructure. He said Rs 50 crore will be allocated for development of roads connecting the tourist spots apart from the Rs 30 crore already released.

He explained that Rs 5 crore has been awarded for the Brindavan Gardens and Rs 75 lakh for development at Adichunchanagiri. Rs 2.5 crore is awarded for development of open space at Hanumanthnagar, some 15 km from Mandya. The Union government is also extending funds for creation of facilities at a park spread over 5 acres. Following the MLA’s request, Reddy pointed at the enhanced tourist budget and promised he will extend the funds for development of tourist spots in and around Srirangapatna.

Tourism director K Vishwanath Reddy, KSTDC chairman Seeraj Sheik and MD Vinay Lutra were present.

From TOI

Karnataka-Cauvery: six lift irrigation project proposals dropped

BANGALORE: The State Government has abandoned its plans for executing six lift irrigation schemes (LIS) in the Cauvery basin as it was difficult to get the consent of the other riparian States.

The State Government had planned to get financial support under the Vidharbha package to undertake the projects. It dropped its plans in respect of eight of the 17 major and medium irrigation projects for which it was to seek Government of India guarantees to raise loans.

The Planning Commission, the sources in the Department of Water Resources said, would not approve the proposals for taking LISs without the consent of the riparian States.

According to sources in the Department of Water Resources, the eight projects were Hemavathi (2,83,00 hectares of land), Harangi (54,500 hectares of land), Yagachi (14,900 hectares of land), Kamasamudra (3,900 hectares of land), Huchakoplu (3,300 hectares of land) and Kachena Halli (3,480 hectares of land). The first LIS was designed to supply water to Mandya and Tumkur districts, the second one to Arkalgud taluk and Kushalnagar, the third one to Belur taluk, the last three to Hassan taluk and neighbouring areas.

The other two projects, namely Chicklihole (1,600 hectares of land) and Markandeya scheme (19,000 hectares of land) in Belgaum district had been completed, the sources said that there was no need for any Central support and hence dropped. The need for dropping the projects, especially in the Cauvery command area had arisen, because the allocation by the tribunal had been curtailed.

The sources said the commission had asked the State Government to accept the tribunal award and then the Centre could approve the projects, but the Government maintained that it could not do so in view of its application against the award pending before the Supreme Court. However, the Centre was likely to approve proposals for modernisation of six pick-ups, built of brick, lime and mortar at places such as Kattepura (Krishnaraja Sagar pick-up) situated either upstream or downstream of the KRS, which had been in operation for centuries.

T.S. Ranganna From THE HINDU

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

India – Karnataka Waits For Good Rain, Inflow

BANGALORE: The meeting of energy secretaries of riparian states in Chennai on Monday triggered the demand by Tamil Nadu to Karnataka to release 20 TMC ft of water, as there have been no releases for two months.

* Karnataka’s stand: The target will be met if there is good inflow into the KRS and Kabini in the next couple of days

Month — Stipulated quantum — Released

June — 10.16 TMC ft — 4.94 TMC ft

July — 42.76 TMC ft — 38.71 TMC ft

August — 54.72 TMC ft — 18.75 TMC ft (till August 18)

No smooth flow

* By the end of August, Karnataka has to release 107.64 TMC ft to Tamil Nadu as per the 1991 interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal

* As on Tuesday, water released by the state is 62.4 TMC ft. Poor rain and depletion of water levels at KRS and Kabini have hindered the state from adhering to the set target

* The state has to abide by the 1991 interim order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and release 205 TMC ft from June 1 to May 31 (water year) every year. Every month, water has to be released on a weekly basis in four equal instalments

* As per the Tribunal’s final verdict in 2007, Karnataka has to release 192 TMC ft to TN. As the riparian states have gone for an appeal before the Supreme Court, as of now, the interim order is being followed by the riparian states. In 2008-09, Karnataka adhered to the norms and released 205 TMC ft to Mettur dam in TN

Power projects

Four hydel power projects in the Cauvery basin are in the cold storage for several years due to lack of consensus between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The projects are:

* Shivanasamudra (2 x 135 MW), Mekedatu (2 x 200 MW), Hogenakkal (120 MW) and Rasimanal (200 MW). Shivanasamudra and Mekedatu projects are within Karnataka, while Hogenakkal and Rasimanal projects are in the border region between the state and TN

* The Centre has been proposing to develop the four projects through National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPCL), but no decision has been taken

Karnataka’s demand

* Wants delinking of the Sivasamudram plant

Tamil Nadu’s response

The demand can be considered if Karnataka releases the pending volume of water

toiblr.reporter@timesgroup.com – TimedOfIndia

India – Karnataka – KRS WATER RELEASED TO TN

Mandya, Aug. 19- The State Government has started releasing water from KRS reservoir to Tamil Nadu.

The authorities started releasing over 12,000 cusecs of water into River Cauvery from yesterday morning.

The release commenced a day after Tamil Nadu PWD Secretary Ramasubramanian’s statement that the State had to make good a shortfall of 20 tmc of Cauvery water this year.

Sources said that the water was being released from two gates into the river following instructions from the State Government.

Cauvery Neeravari Nigam, however, claimed that water was not released from the reservoir to Tamil Nadu.

They were only releasing excess water into the river as they should not impound water beyond 123 ft (maximum level 124.80 ft).

KRS Dam - Water released to Tamilnadu

KRS Dam - Water released to Tamilnadu

Meanwhile, farmers have opposed the release of water. They pointed out that the dam still required two tmc of water to reach the maximum level.

Farmer leaders K.S. Nanjundegowda and Konasale Nara-saraju have threatened to launch an agitation if the release was not stopped. They said State farmers needed water to save the summer crop.

There was no question of releasing Cauvery water to TN disregarding the interests of Karnataka’s farmers, clarified Basavaraja Bommmai, Minister for Water Resources.

Water had not been released yielding the pressures from TN. Therefore, there was no need for the farmers to get anxious, he added.

He came to know about the TN’s demand for water through the media. The government had not received any official communication from TN, he disclosed.

The Government had not ordered for the release of water. The sluice gates of the reservoir were not functioning properly. Keeping the reservoir’s status in mind, water level was being maintained at 123ft., Vijayakumar, Executive Engineer, KRS Division, said adding that outflow from the reservoir was being maintained equal to inflow into the reservoir.

In deference to the orders of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, water was being allowed to flow into Tamil Nadu quietly. First the water needs of Achkat area should be fulfilled and the ponds and lakes filled, said Melkote MLA C.S. Puttaraju.

From StarofMysore