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Water release for delta region from Mettur stops

S.P. SARAVANAN, The Hindu, 29 January, 2014


Water level stood at 51.40 feet when the Stanley Reservoir at Mettur was closed for irrigation in Salem District, on Tuesday— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

SALEM: After releasing 167 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) of water from August 2 last year for samba cultivation in the Delta region, water release to that region was stopped at Stanley Reservoir in Mettur near here at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Public Works Department officials told The Hindu that water level stood at 51.40 feet against the full reservoir level of 120 feet. Storage was 18.706 tmc ft against the capacity of 93.470 tmc ft. Last year, when water release was stopped, the level was 34.57 feet and storage 9.466 tmc ft.


Inflow on Tuesday was 384 cubic feet per second (cusecs). Officials said that only on further orders from the government would sluices be opened for drinking water supply or irrigation.


As per Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award, 182 tmc ft was to be received between June 12, 2013 and January 27, 2014. The reservoir received 226 tmc ft during this period. Of this, 166 tmc ft water was released from August 2, 2013 to January 28, 2014 for cultivation. It was 81 tmc ft last year - from September 17, 2012 to January 28, 2013. Also, two tmc ft water was released through left and right canal for irrigating 45,000 acres in Salem, Erode and Namakkal districts.


As the water level was only 17.99 feet on June 12, 2013, the scheduled date of reopening every year, water release was put off to August 12. With the monsoon turning vigorous and leading to heavy inflow, opening of sluices was advanced to August 2.


With the release stopped on Tuesday evening, power generation also came to a halt. The installed capacity is 200 MW in tunnel power house, 50 MW in Old Power House and 210 MW through seven barrages.