Madurai: Water released from Vaigai dam

For irrigattion in Sivaganga, Ramnad

MADURAI: The State Government on Wednesday cleared the Public Works Department’s proposal to release water for irrigating farm lands in Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts.

The Executive Engineer (Periyar-Vaigai Basin circle), S. Vijayakumar, said that 40,743 acres in Sivaganga and 67,837 acres in Ramanathapuram would benefit from the release.

Initially, 1,500 cusecs of Vaigai credit of water from the Vaigai dam was being released from Wednesday evening. Mr. Vijayakumar said the quantum of water for each district would be decided based on the requirement and rainfall in those areas. The modalities for quantum of release were being worked out, he said.

The PWD has sought the water release after the Vaigai dam started overflowing since Sunday. The water level has since then stood at 69 feet (maximum level 71 feet) with the entire inflow to the dam being discharged.

From THE HINDU

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