An irrigation department official said the release of water would continue till the middle of October. The official, however, said the water release would be stopped if the rural areas receive good rain in the next couple of weeks.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast chances of rain revival from Friday. The irrigation department official said the release of water for rural areas would not hamper supply in the city.
The collective stock in the four dams in Khadakwasla circle which supply water to the rural and city areas was 27.4 TMC (94%). The inflow of rainwater in the reservoirs, however, has reduced almost to zero owing to the decrease in rain.
The irrigation department official said, ” Water is flowing into the canal at 1,005 cusecs from Khadakwasla. We are keeping a close watch on the water stock. We have told the section officers in the rural areas to avoid wastage of water during the release and immediately shut the supply once the requirements are fulfilled.”
The stock in the four dams usually reaches the full capacity in September, following which water is released from Khadakwasla into the river and the canal to accommodate the inflowing rainwater.