Huge profit margin lures even influential politicians.

Karnataka is expected to convey to the Supreme Court that it is keen on adhering to the water release formula prescribed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) and that the vagaries of monsoon has prevented it from sticking to the formula so far this year.

Tamil Nadu had approached the apex court seeking a direction for the release of nearly 25 tmcft of water, claiming it as the shortfall based on the distress water-sharing formula. The petition of the lower riparian State is coming up for hearing on Monday.

Life affected in many parts of State; standing crops damaged

Heavy rainfall has been lashing the entire Kodagu since Sunday paralysing normal life in the district even as major rivers Cauvery and Lakshmanateertha are in spate threatening to flood the low-lying areas. A few houses have collapsed. Water from the Lakshmanateertha and Kakkattu rivers have entered certain villages in Srimangala and T. Shettigeri areas and vast areas of paddy fields and coffee plantations have been inundated. Some people who were stranded at some houses were rescued by the river rafting team members in Srimangala on Monday. Inflow has increased into Irpu river at Irpu falls following heavy rainfall.

Water experts in the City have termed uneconomical the BWSSB expert committee’s plan to divert west-flowing rivers to fulfil Bangalore’s growing demand for water.

The panel, which was set up in the beginning of 2011, had to design projects to fulfil both short-term and long-term water needs of residents.

Full two months into monsoon, water levels at major hydro-electric (power) generation reservoirs in Karnataka have increased substantially.

Janata Dal (United) workers held a protest blocking road at Handi village near Aldur on Monday as a mark of protest against the alleged illegal sand mining taking place on Hemavati river bed.

Party workers led by District President K Bharath and hobli President M D Manjaiah stopped four trucks, which was transporting more sand than the permitted load.

Karnataka Raitha Sangha State Secretary S Manjunath has alleged that Hemavathi river bank is becoming barren day by day owing to the unholy nexus between the District Administration and sand mining lobby.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, he said that they have even complained against illegal sand mining to Deputy Commissioner but no action has been taken so far to control the same.

Hemavathy reservoir project created by constructing a dam across river Hemavathy in Hassan district of Karnataka to store 1050.60 Mcum of water and to irrigate 700751 acres during Kharif and Rabi seasons.

Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda's constituency Hassan, which also happens to be his home district, is quite possibly one of the best nurtured electoral regions in Karnataka. His rivals in the Congress and bjp concede that if development alone were the criterion, he and his family would
win the seat for decades to come.

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