bricks; Leading News Service: The Krishna Flood Control Civic Action Committee has alleged that today’s flood-like situation has arisen in Kolhapur district due to laxity in removing the gates of Hippargi dam in Karnataka.
In this regard, the Krishna Flood Control Civic Action Committee has sent a detailed letter directly to the Superintending Engineer of Karnataka, Almatti Krishna Bhagyajal Nigam Ltd. It said that after the warning given by the IMD, heavy rain is currently falling over the Ghatmat of Konkanpatti and Sahyadri. Due to this, the water level of Koyna Krishna as well as Panchganga and Warna rivers is increasing rapidly. Panch Ganga, Varana rivers are also flowing in them. The river bank area has gone under water. People are scared. A situation has arisen where the crops that have come in contact with each other are going under water. The authorities who manage the Hippargi Dam, which is under the jurisdiction of Karnataka, are entirely responsible for this situation. Because due to laxity in removing the gates of Hippargi Dam in time, the water level of Rajaram Dam, Terwad Ichalkaranji, Narsobawadi area as well as Panchganga, Warna river has reached the danger level.
It is necessary to constantly monitor the water level of Almatti Dam
The current water level of Almatti dam was 512.56 meters between 8 am today (22nd). Meanwhile, the inflow of water into it was 83 thousand 925 cusecs. According to the Central Water Commission rules, the water level in this Almatti dam should be kept at 513.60 meters till the end of the month of 31st July. But these Central Water Commission rules are being deliberately ignored, when actually all the gates of Hippargi Dam were supposed to be opened, these gates were opened on Friday afternoon, July 21. Had these gates been opened earlier, the flood-like situation would not have arisen. The weather forecast has indicated that there will be heavy rain for six days in a row next week. Keeping this in mind, the senior officials of the Water Resources Department of Sangli, Kolhapur areas should continuously pay attention to the water level of Almatti Dam by planning accordingly.
Moreover, Ajit Vaze (Res. Hippargi), Pradeep Vaichal, Pramod Mane, Jal Abhyasak have expressed the opinion that they should stay in touch with the authorities of Hippargi Dam through the Krishna Mahapur Nagari Akti Samiti.
Meanwhile, the Krishna Flood Action Committee has brought this fact to the attention of the concerned by visiting Almatti Dam and Hippargi Dam. Conveners of the committee, Sarjerao Patil, Vijay Kumar Dewan, Prabhakar Kengar, Pradeep Vaichal, Sanjay Kore, Satish Ranjane have expressed the opinion that they will demand a special meeting from the Chief Minister.
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