Mysuru: Overzealous officials released water of the Cauvery to Tamil Nadu in line with the distress formula though the state government did not dispatch an order not take a decision on the future course of action till late evening on Tuesday.
As much as 35.956 tmcft of water has flowed from the state to TN since June this year, according to sources in water resources department.
Sources said water was currently being released only to quench thirst, but not for irrigation from any of the four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin.
Of the total quantum, four TMC feet from Krishna Raja Sagar dam, seven TMC feet from Hemavathi and Kabini reservoirs, two TMC feet from Harangi could be released to comply with the Supreme Court order to release 13 TMC feet to Tamil nadu.
The move, however, would prove disastrous, and result in acute drinking water crisis in the region, the sources added.
Water level in KRS on Tuesday stood at 93.73 feet as against its capacity of 124.80feet. On the same day last year, the water level was 103.50 feet.
In Hemavathi, the water level stood at 2895.18 feet as against its capacity of 2922 feet. On the same day last year, water level stood at 2902.41 feet.
In Kabini, the water level at 2275.99 feet as against its capacity of 2284 feet. On the same day last year, water level stood at 2275.43 feet.
In Harangi, the water level stood at 2853.73 feet as against its capacity of 2859 feet....