BENGALURU: Following Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot's tour to Jog Falls in Sagar taluk, the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) unleashed roughly 500 cusecs of water from Linganamakki dam using radial valves on Thursday without informing those living in the canal command area.
The judgment has sparked outrage from a wide range of people.
Inhabitants of Kargal, Maralukore, and Ambugalale nearby villages the Sharavathy dam reported shocked to see water flowing downstream on Thursday morning since the dam remained seven feet below of reaching its maximum level of 1819 feet. They soon realized that the water discharge was made to create Jog Falls more appealing to the Governor.
During the rainy season, travellers from all over the state and beyond flock to Jog Falls to photograph the beautiful spectacle of four thundering waterfalls. Just after the monsoon, the waterfalls become barren. In anticipation of Governor Gehlot's arrival, the officials discharged water from Linganamakki dam to breathe new life into the falls.
The KPCL authorities, on the other hand, insisted that the dam's water is utilised for manufacturers of solar rather than drinking. According to KPCL authorities, the water release had nothing to do with the Governor's visit. They further argued that the water discharge was not in vain because people were able to view the beautiful Jog Falls.
Individuals who really are unaware of the dam, according to Deputy Commissioner KB Shivakumar, are exacerbating the problem. "The dam's water flow has generated no disturbance to anyone and has not affected electricity generating for even a second." He went on to say, "It was part of the service job." The Governor reportedly departed the Jog Falls hours before the water discharged from the Linganamakki dam reached the location, according to sources. According to KPCL authorities, the water discharge coincided with the governor's visit to Jog Falls. They claimed the water was discharged to clear garbage and wooden logs lodged in the dam that couldn't be removed manually.