Karnataka’s Krishna Raja Sagara dam became the centre of attraction on Wednesday night when it was lit up in the Indian tricolour. People gathered near the dam to click photographs. The dam was also illuminated to attract more tourists across India and the video has now gone viral on social media. In the past too, several monuments like Burj Khalifa were lit up in tricolour ahead of India’s Republic Day or Independence Day.
The dam authorities also released around 80,000 cusecs of water from the dam to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The Krishna Raja Sagara dam also known as KRS is located at Srirangapatna and has an interesting history. Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, had laid the foundation of KRS dam on Cauvery river. The dam was built in 1924. The dam is also a major source of drinking water for the people of Mysuru and Bengaluru.
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For the first time in last two decades, the dams located at Cauvery basin are brimming with water. After facing drought conditions since last year, the state has received plentiful rainfall this year. The Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam that reached its fullest capacity due to abundant rainfall, is now releasing water to the neighbouring state. The last time such heavy inflow was noticed was in the year 1992-93. Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been involved in a water-sharing dispute for decades.
On Wednesday, Karnataka MPs decided to press for a debate in the ongoing session of Parliament on the Cauvery Water Management Authority. The state feels that CWMA (Cauvery Water Management Authority) is against the interests of the farmers. The meeting held at New Delhi was chaired by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Kumaraswamy was in the national capital to meet several union ministers and Karnataka MPs.
After the meeting, DK Shivakumar, State Water Resources Minister said that Supreme court had done injustice to Karnataka. “Parliament is supreme. Since we have the opportunity, we will demand a debate on the matter in this session,” PTI quoted him as saying. Earlier, the Centre has dissolved the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), constituted on June 2, 1990, saying, that disputes over sharing of the river water among states had reached a finality and the panel was no longer needed.