Heavy rain lashes Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri

KRISHNAGIRI: Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning occurred at many parts of Krishangiri and Dharmapuri districts on Monday evening.

Widespread rain occurred at Dharmapuri, Pennagaram, Harur and Pappireddipatti in Dharmapuri district.

Power supply was affected at many places as TNEB officials took precaution to prevent untoward incidents. Trees got uprooted at Anchetti and Denkanikottai.

A coconut tree was caught fire in the lightning at Theerthagiri Valasai village in Vellakkuttai Panchayat near Uthangarai.


Theerthagiri, tahsildar, Uthangarai, visited the affected places.

Anchetti registered a maximum rain of 37 mm. Rainfall registered in Krishnagiri district are: Hosur and Nedungal 26 mm, Denkanikottai 24, Uthangarai 19, Royakottai 18, Krishnagiri 16 and Thaly 7 mm.


Dharmapuri: Water released for irrigation to benefit 15 villages

for farmers: Collector P. Amutha releasing water from Vallimadurai Dam for irrigation on Tuesday.

DHARMAPURI: Collector P. Amutha released water from Vallimadurai Dam on Tuesday for irrigation through Right Main Canal (RMC) and Left Main Canal (LMC). The water would be released for 16 days. As many as 5,108 acres in 15 villages would get benefited.

The water would be released from RMC for first five days and next six days from LMC and for the last five days to lakes on Varattaru. A maximum of 35 cft water would be released on rotation basis to these three ayacut areas.

After releasing the water, Ms. Amutha asked the farmers to cooperate with the PWD officials and use the water judiciously and reap maximum benefit.

The village panchayats to be benefited from the water release are: Vallimadurai, Thatharavalasai, Samanatham, Keeraipatti, Kudiyampatti, Achalwadi, Samanathampudur, Ellapudyaamatti, Nachinampatti, Kilaparai, Eettiyampatti, Mambadi, Sellampatti, Maveripatti and Kammalapatti.

R. Thamaraiselvan, Member of Parliament, Dharmapuri, Mani, Executive Engineer (Irrigation), Anbalagan, Chairman, Harur Panchayat Union, Moyeesan, RDO, Harur among others participated.


Rain lashes Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri districts

Shoolagiri registered a maximum of 95 mm rainfall

DHARMAPURI/KRISHNAGIRI: Rain with thunderstorm and lightning lashed many parts of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri districts on Friday night.

Rain-hit: The compound wall of the Forest Ranger's office on Bangalore road in Krishnagiri collapsed on Friday night due to heavy rain. — Photo:N. Bashkaran.

This brought down the mercury level on Saturday.

Weather was pleasant and the sky remained cloudy all over the districts.

Some parts of the Dharmapuri district experienced rainfall for three days from April 20.

Rainwater stagnated in the low-lying areas in the town.

Rainfall registered in Dharmapuri district: Dharmapuri town 89 mm, Collectorate 65 mm, Pennagaram 64 mm, Palacode 45 mm, Pappireddipatti and Marandaalli 40 mm and Harur 35 mm.

Rain lashed Krishnagiri district from evening till mid night Friday.

In some place it was drizzling till morning. Shoolagiri registered a maximum of 95 mm rainfall.

Farmers expressed happiness as the ground water level is expected to increase.

Compound wall collapse

Compound at the Forest Ranger’s office in Krishnagiri collapsed due to the rain.

No one was injured as it happened at night.

Rainfall registered in many parts of Krishnagiri district: Shoolagiri 95 mm, Krishnagiri Reservoir 85 mm, Krishnagiri town 75 mm, Thaly 73 mm, Nedungal 68 mm, Royakottai 51 mm, Hosur 50 mm, Barur 47 mm, Denkanikottai 25 mm, Uthangarai 23 mm and Anchetti 16 mm.


Arakkonam to get Cauvery water soon

CHENNAI: Cauvery water will soon be brought to Arakkonam, about 80km from here, as part of the ambitious Hogenakkal Drinking Water Supply Scheme.

Making the announcement in the assembly on Monday, deputy chief minister MK Stalin said the parched Vellore district, within which Arakkonam falls, would be covered by the project, being executed at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore. This will be done in the second phase of the project, work for which is presently on to bring drinking water to the fluoride affected districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri at a cost of Rs 1,926 crore.

Stalin said that the physical works for the Hogenakkal scheme would begin by March. The work would be completed ahead of its December 2012 schedule.

From TOI

Dharmapuri: Forest officials seize panther skin, pair of tusks

Seven persons arrested in Dharmapuri district

DHARMAPURI: Panther skin and a pair of ivory tusks were seized by the forest officials in Dharmapuri district recently. Seven persons were arrested, T.R. Palanivel, Assistant Conservator of Forests told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Chief Conservator of Forests S. Varadarajulu, Dharmapuri Circle and F.R. Ikram Mohammed Shah, District Forest Officer laid a trap in Palacode and Papparapatti based on a tip off in the last week of November.

The team led by Mr.Palanivel and Forest Ranger K. Krishnan caught the panther skin for the first time in Savulur Road near Papparapatti from the poachers on November 26.

P. Jayavel of Papparapatti, P. Murugan of Mangapatti and G. Raju of Periyanur were arrested and remanded in this connection. The cost of the skin may be around Rs.5 lakh in the international market.

In the trap laid at Palacode, a pair of ivory weighing 2.6 kg was seized in Gandhi Road, Palacode in Dharmapuri district on November 27.

Four persons, C. Ponmudi, S. Shankar both from Marandaalli and J. Mani of Palacode and C. Madesh of Seeriampatti were arrested by the team of forest officials. The cost of the ivory would be around Rs.3 lakh in the international market, the sources said.

One held for killing female elephant

Meanwhile, a female elephant was shot dead by an agriculturist in Norpanatti village near Kelamangalam in Krishnagiri district few days back when a herd entered the farms.

Forest officials arrested Sivappa (45) and are searching for the other farmer who trained their country made guns against the herd.


Rainfall in DHARMAPURI

DHARMAPURI: The district received heavy rainfall during weekend. The rainfall recorded till 8 a.m. on Sunday (in mm): Pappireddipatti – 52, Harur – 43, Palacode – 17, Dharmapuri – 13 and Pennagaram – 12. The total rainfall in the district was 137 mm and the average 27.40 mm.


Water level in KRP Dam

KRISHNAGIRI/DHARMAPURI: KRP Dam in Krishnagiri had been filling fast with the water level rising to 49 ft in the 52 ft-deep dam on Tuesday, according to Water Resources Organisation of the Public Works Department.

Water level in the 18.70 ft-deep Benugondapauram Lake in Krishnagiri district had risen to 16 feet, Public Works Department sources said. Around 400 cft of excess water released had been released from the Kelavarapalli Dam since Tuesday.

Though some parts of the district had received good rain in the past four days, rainfall in many parts of the district had been meagre.