Periyar dam level raises farmers’ hopes

THENI: Owing to intermittent showers in the catchments, storage level in Periyar Dam has been going up steadily. Water level on Tuesday touched 114.40 feet, crossing 112 feet, the minimum level required for releasing water for irrigation of first crop in the double cropping area of the Cmbum Valley.

Sharp increase in storage level, despite inconsistent flow, enthused farmers in the valley. They hoped that the Public Works Department engineers would recommend water release for irrigation.

The flow into the dam slumped to 1,386 cusecs on Tuesday from 4,545 cusecs on Monday. However, storage level rose to 1,627 mcft against previous day’s storage of 1,509 mcft. Discharge from the dam was just 20 cusecs to meet drinking water needs.

Farmers in the valley are in a jubilant mood as preliminary farm activities are in full swing in several parts of Theni district. Farmers are busy ploughing dry fields and raising nurseries.

Marginal showers in some pockets helped farmers in protecting perennial crops like coconut, sugarcane, mango and grapes and other horticulture crops.

In Dindigul district, Kodaikanal started receiving minor showers on Monday night. There was no rain in other parts of the district.


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