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River banks, fields turn into garbage dump

The huge and continuous deluge in the Cauvery, which ran amok nearly for the last three weeks, has left mounds of water hyacinths, garbage, waste clothes and other materials on the banks along its course downstream of Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir in the district.

The heavy flow has also dumped waste materials on agricultural fields, washed away upper layers from farmlands, destroyed standing crops and damaged irrigation pumpsets.

Receded

The flow into the reservoir considerably receded on Wednesday with rains halting in the catchments of Cauvery in Kodagu district. Consequently, the outflow from the KRS was reduced on Wednesday, bringing much needed respite to the residents of low-lying areas.

The KRS was getting 72,858 cusecs of water on Tuesday and it dipped to 28,438 cusecs on Wednesday morning, data at the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) showed.

The discharge from the reservoir has been reduced to 18,632 cusecs from 67,907 cusecs during the same period.

Piles of hyacinths, rotten grass, polythene materials and other waste materials were found stuck to stone pillars and girders of the historical Wellesley Bridge at Srirangapatna when
The Hindu
visited the place on Wednesday.

Several truckloads of waste clothes, plastic materials and rotten tree branches/plants were also found at different places in the midst of the Cauvery.

Similar mounds of waste materials were also found at many paddy fields and coconut farms near Dakshina Cauvery and Lokapavani bridge at Srirangapatna, Hangarahalli, Mandya Koppalu, Doddapalya, Enne Hole Koppalu, Chaluvarasana Koppalu, Melapura, Bete Thimmana Koppalu, Chinnanayakana Halli, Chikkapalya and some other low-lying villages on the banks of the Cauvery in the district.

Repair works

Some burial grounds and drinking water pumping stations were submerged in the water for many days and the departments concerned will initiate measures to repair/strengthen them, a revenue officer told
The Hindu
. The assessment works will commence shortly, he added.

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