Tiruchi: Tank inflow improves

Increased storage will help raise groundwater table 

TIRUCHI: Irrigation tanks in the Tiruchi region, many of which were empty until a week back, have started getting good inflows as the monsoon turned active over the past few days.

The poor storage at the tanks was a cause for concern for farmers and water managers in the region this season. Apart from benefiting farmers in their respective ayacut areas, the increase in the storage in tanks would also contribute for an increase in the groundwater table in the surrounding villages.

COPIOUS: Koothapar Big Tank near Tiruverambur in Tiruchi district fast filling up following the rain over the last few days. — Photo: M_Moorthy

Though the rain was not very heavy in Tiruchi and its surrounding districts, unlike the coastal areas, it had contributed to appreciable improvement in the storage at the tanks. But the heavy shower received in several parts of Tiruchi district on Sunday night had contributed to an appreciable increase in storage in some tanks, especially in the Manapparai belt.

According to Public Works Department sources, so far 16 tanks out of the 1,291 in the Tiruchi circle covering the six districts of Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur and Pudukottai have filled up as on Monday. Ninety-four tanks had 75 per cent storage, while 121 were half full. The remaining 1,060 tanks had less than 50 per cent storage. The tanks include those under the river conservation, Ariyar and Maruthaiyar divisions in the circle.

The Ponnaniyar Dam also received good inflow and the storage position increased by nine feet in a single day. The water level at the dam stood at 34 feet on Monday against its full level of 70 feet. Water is normally released for irrigation from the when the storage touches 50 ft.

Quantum at Kattalai

PWD sources also indicated that about 17,000 cusecs of rain flow from the Amaravathy and Noyyal was expected to reach the Kattalai Bed Regulator on Tuesday.


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