The misleading calm before the monsoon storm

With steady rains in the Western Ghats and the Sharavati river filling up, M/s Raja, Rani, Roarer & Rocket are doing dry runs in preparation for their precipitous plunge a few days form now.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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7 Responses to “The misleading calm before the monsoon storm”

  1. Faldo Says:

    Nice picture. “Dry” run? Wet run would be more like it.

  2. dharma Says:

    Where does all this water go? Is it well utilised 100%? How can there be power ( I mean electric ) shortage?

  3. D P SATISH Says:

    @ Dharma,

    This water goes down to Gerusoppa, 30 KM from Jog Falls. Sharavathi tail race project is at Gerusoppa. Power is generated once again there.

    The falling water is used for power generation at the Linganamakki Power House (LPH) before it falls into a deep valley of 1000 feet. The same water is being used twice. First at Linganamakki, second time at Gerusoppa.

    Actually the same Sharavathi water is being used four times for power generation.

    First at Linganamakki dam (LPH).
    Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electrical Works (MGHE) at Jog Falls.
    Sharavathi Valley Project or SVP at Anebail Site (AB Site).
    Sharavathi Tailrace Project at Gerusoppa

    (One more unit is under construction at Thalakalale)

    The total length of the river is just 120 KM. But its potential is very high.
    It generates 40% K’taka’s power. Sharavathi flows through just 4 taluks before it joins Arabian sea (Thirthahalli, Hosanagara and Sagar in Shimoga dist and Honnavar in U.K dist)

    I am a native of Jog Falls. Born and brought up there!

  4. Shravan Says:

    Thanks Satish for the details. Last year ETV Kannada did a report of the Jog Falls in full flow during the monsoon. I think this time you should take it to
    IBN and show this spectacle to the whole country! It will be a good watch…

  5. D P SATISH Says:


    We did a special story on Jog Falls for CNN IBN in 2006 & 2007. It was a part of our ‘ Monsoon Raga ‘ series. We will certainly do it again. Thank you sir.

  6. Arun Says:

    I must thank Satish for giving details of Sharavathi river and its capacity to give 40 per cent of total hydro-electric power generated in Karnataka. Begging pardon I would like to make a small correction to his comment. In Sharavathi first power generation is done at Mahatma Gandhi Power House after water being stored in a small reservoir and its balancing reservoir (which people can see while going towards Jog from Sagar). This water goes further to Linganamakki Reservoir. While discharging water from Linganamakki to Sharavathi Power House through large pipes deviating the river water from its course power is generated once again at the Dam site itself. After Sharavathi Power House the water left to the river course and the power is generated once again at Sharavathi Tail Race project. Since the water is being deviated from the river course to Sharavathi Power House for power generation avoiding the falls, we miss the beautiful sight of four Rs at the falls in Jog. If my memory is right the other project coming up at Talakalale is not directly connected to Sharavathi river. There the plan is to generate power from a tributary of Sharavathi river.

  7. amithpallavoor Says:

    I would like to know whether the Sigandur backwaters are upstream from the Linganmakki dam or downstream. If I ain’t wrong it is upstream from the dam.

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