August 1, 2021

Replacement of sluice gates at KRS hit by COVID-19

The substitute of 136 sluice gates on the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir throughout river Cauvery has been affected as a consequence of COVID-19 and restriction on the usage of oxygen for industrial functions when the second wave of the pandemic peaked throughout April and Could.

The substitute of all of the gates was to be accomplished by June 2022, however work slowed down because of the pandemic and is prone to be accomplished by June 2023, stated Shankare Gowda, Chief Engineer, Irrigation (South), Mysuru.

The fabrication of the sluice gates is being taken up close to the dam. Although a letter was despatched to the workplace of the Deputy Commissioner in Mysuru to make sure provide of oxygen for this goal, it was not cleared because of the medical disaster, which peaked throughout April and Could.

To extend lifespan

KRS was one of many 22 dams authorized below Dam Rehabilitation and Enchancment Venture (DRIP) in Karnataka for taking on each structural and non-structural measures to increase its lifespan and improve dam security. The undertaking, funded by the World Financial institution, entails an expenditure of ₹58.46 crore to exchange 136 sluice gates and is being applied by Karnataka Water Useful resource Division (KaWRD). It’s being executed by M/s {Hardware} Instruments and Equipment Tasks Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat.

Of the 136 sluice gates, 25 spanning completely different ranges alongside the reservoir have been changed to date following third get together inspection and approval that included World Financial institution consultants and the State Venture Administration Unit. One other eight gates, which have obtained approval following inspection, are prepared for set up.

Although 16 sluice gates at 80+ ft stage have been changed in 2011 by Karnataka, it was a minor train in comparison with the present undertaking. Work on this scale is being taken up for the primary time since completion of the dam in 1932.

Impression of rains

The majority of the work on the dam takes place throughout the dry season. Now that influx to the reservoir has elevated because of the onset of the south west monsoon, the train will cease. However in case the monsoon is weak this yr and the water stage goes beneath the 100 ft mark by December, then the train can resume, based on officers.

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