Lowering water levels at Thumbe surprises many

  • | Wednesday | 15th November, 2017

Some speculated that the water level was being intentionally brought down to facilitate sand extraction upstream the vented dam. Water gushing out of the new vented dam across the Netravathi at Thumbe on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil told The Hindu that no new permits for sand extraction around Bantwal have been issued. Mangaluru City Corporation’s (MCC) sudden move to reduce water levels in the new vented dam at Thumbe across the Netravathi on Tuesday led many to wonder whether it was to facilitate sand extraction from the riverbed upstream the dam. Water storage at the 6-m level can cater to water requirements for the next 6-7 years.

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