Flood warning after Mettur dam set to reach full capacity

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 21, 2018 03:23 PM IST

Chennai: As the water level in Mettur Dam reached 114.40 feet as against the full capacity of 120 feet, officials have been asked to be on high alert.

Sources said the dam is set to reach its full capacity after five years. Flood warning has been issued to villages that are located near the banks of the river.

It is said that Central Industrial Security Force personnel are already stationed near the reservoir for security purposes. A team of PWD officials are also camping at the dam site and monitoring the inflow and the rise in the water level.

PWD officials were confident of the dam reaching its full capacity of 120 ft soon, considering that heavy rain is forecast in the catchment areas of the Cauvery and due to heavy discharge from Karnataka, which led to continuous increase in the water level.

A control room at the Collectorate, with toll free number 1077, was also opened and it was functioning round-the-clock to enable people pass on any information in case of an emergency.

At 8 am this morning water level at the dam was 114.40 feet, storage capacity was 85.16 TMC and the inflow which was 59,954 cusecs last night has increased to 64,595 cubsecs. 20,000 cubsecs of water is being released from the dam for Samba cultivation.

Water from the Mettur dam which was released by Chief Minsiter Edappadi K Palaniswami on 19 July reached Tiurchi's Mukkombu today where villagers welcomed the water by paying floral tributes.

Speaking after opening the sluice gates of the dam on Thursday, an emotional Palaniswami recollected how late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa fought for Tamilnadu's rights over the Cauvery till her last breath.

He said it was the AIADMK that had fought legally to secure Cauvery water for Tamilnadu. He also thanked Varuna Bhagawan for copious rain in the catchment areas that helped fill the Mettur dam. “We will strive hard to ensure Cauvery water reaches all farmers,” he said.