Mandya : Moderate to heavy rain that lashed the catchments at regular intervals since the commencement of monsoon has given a fresh lease of life to at least four of many bone dry tributaries of the Cauvery in Mandya and Ramanagaram districts.
Shimsha, Lokapavani and Veeravaishnavi in Mandya district, and Arkavathi in Ramanagaram district are some of the main tributaries of the Cauvery.
For centuries, they were the source of livelihood for several hundred villages along their course. Nevertheless, they had remained dry unable to cope with the impact of urbanisation and rampant sand quarrying on the riverbeds.
Officials at Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) said all the four tributaries have been witnessing flow following copious rainfall in their catchments.
“Pond-like structures have been also formed at many places on the dry bed of these rivulets,” a senior CNNL officer said.
The recent rain has also rejuvenated the Arkavathi, as the river has been getting waters from the catchment areas. The rivulet originates at Nandi Hills in Chickballapur district and merges with the Cauvery at Sangama near Kanakapura in Ramanagaram district.