Here goes the big and good news for farmers in delta districts. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced opening of the sluice gates of the Mettur dam tomorrow.
Palaniswami will leave Chennai tonight by flight to Coimbatore. He will reach Mettur tomorrow where the sluice gates will be opened.
Following torrential rains in Karnataka and Wayanad, the inflow into Kabini and Krishnarajasagar (KRS) dams across the Cauvery touched 2.9 lakh cusecs Sunday.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) on Sunday advised the officials concerned to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of people living in the downstream areas.
The flow into Mettur dam on Sunday crossed 1 lakh cusecs. In a press release, the CWC said the combined discharge of approximately 1.5 lakh cusecs of water from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) and Kabini dams in Karnataka would reach Mettur by Sunday night and the inflow is expected to touch 2.4 lakh cusecs on Monday evening.
The rainfall in the Cauvery catchment area in Kodagu (in Karnataka), particularly, has caused massive inflow into the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam as well as the Kabini Dam. This, in turn, is being released into the Mettur dam located in Salem district, Tamil Nadu.
The letter has been issued to the Collectors of four districts: Salem, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Erode. According to the warning, issued by R Saravanan, Executive Engineer of the Central Water Commission, Coimbatore, “In view of heavy rain in Karnataka and Kerala, there is a likelihood of substantial release of water from Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and Kabini Dam.
The combined discharge of approximately 1.50 lakh cusecs (cubic feet per second) is expected to reach Mettur Dam on Sunday (11.08.2019) night and subsequently increase to approximately 2.40 lakh cusecs by Monday (12.08.2019) evening.”