For the first time in five years, the Tungabhadra dam got filled to its maximum owing to the substantial rains in the catchment regions and the gates were opened for the release of surplus water into the river on Wednesday.
With the surplus water being released, farmers in the Tungabhadra territories are sure of getting sufficient water to raise two crops during the Kharif and the rabi season this year.
In the past four years, because of less rainfall, the dam did not get filled.
Therefore, farmers needed to fulfill themselves with just a single crop for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 and managed to get a second crop amid 2017-18 with great difficulty after the inflow enhanced after post-monsoon downpours.
On Wednesday, 11 doors were opened to release around 10,000 cusecs of water by Ranga Reddy, chairman, Tungabhadra Board. Moreover, water was likewise let into the left bank main channel and the right bank low-level canal.