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Entry to KRS dam prohibited

Posted on Dec 06, 09:04PM | UNI

Following yesterday's order by Supreme Court directing Karnataka government to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and the Mandya District Raitha Hitharakshana Samithi threatening to lay siege to the KRS Dam as a mark of protest, the Police today urged the State Government to get additional security forces from the Centre.

Prohibitory orders were claimed within a radius of Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir till December 9 midnight Tourists have been banned from visiting the Brindavan Garden at KRS. The district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges for two days.

IGP (Southern Range) Dr K Ramachandra Rao said the State Government had not issued any order to release water to Tamil Nadu yet. However, it has directed to make all preparations to safeguard the dam region in case of any eventualities.

Dr Rao said the Police Department has sought three units, each comprising 120 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) or any other force to be deployed at the dam site as a precautionary measure.

Though water to the neighbouring State has not yet been released, the preparations indicate that the State Government would abide by the apex court order. The water level in KRS stood at 97.77 ft today as against 121.26 ft last year on this date. Inflow to the reservoir today was 2,980 cusecs while outflow was 5,145 cusecs.