Water released from Barur tank

KRISHNAGIRI: Water was released from the main irrigation canal of Barur tank in Pocchampalli taluk on Wednesday for the first crop.

Collector V. Arun Roy released the water by opening the sluice gates of the east and west main canals in the presence of E.G. Sugavanam, MP, . Water would be released till November 26 benefiting 2512.39 acres.

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Water released from Kodumudiyar dam

TIRUNELVELI: Water for ‘pisanam’ paddy cultivation was released from Kodumudiyar dam near Valliyoor on Friday.

Accompanied by PWD officials, Radhapuram MLA M. Appavu released 60 cusecs of water from the dam, which will be sustained till February 28. When water was released, the level at the dam stood at 41 feet against the maximum capacity of 52.48 feet.

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Periyar Dam Water Level – Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Saturday stood at 121.20 feet (full level 136 feet) with an inflow of 267 cusecs and a discharge of 1,200 cusecs.

The level in the Vaigai dam was 62.37 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 897 cusecs.

A total of 1,100 cusecs of water is being released for irrigating double and single crop areas.

The combined Periyar credit stood at 5,839 mcft.

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Tiruchi-Irrigation water to be released

TIRUCHI: Water for irrigation in the Uyyakondan river would be released from Monday onwards following the erection of some crucial piers for an aqueduct being constructed at the Puthur weir in the city.

Water release has been suspended in the river for the past three months to facilitate execution of this vital component and the construction of retaining walls along the river under the Rs.253-crore flood control project. The river has a total ayacut of about 36,000 acres and farmers dependent on it were expected to go in for samba cultivation.

SIGN OF DEVELOPMENT: A view of the Puthur weir, where aqueduct, is being built under the flood control project in Tiruchi. — PHOTO: R.M.RAJARATHINAM

SIGN OF DEVELOPMENT: A view of the Puthur weir, where aqueduct, is being built under the flood control project in Tiruchi. — PHOTO: R.M.RAJARATHINAM

According to Public Works Department officials, eight crucial piers for the aqueduct have been built. “The piers at the entry and exit points of the aqueduct have been erected paving the way for the release of water. Work on the other piers could go on as they were outside the river,” said K. K. Palanisamy, Executive Engineer, PWD, River Conservation Division.

Mr. Palanisamy and other officials briefed Collector T. Soundiah, who inspected the progress of the flood control project works in various parts of the district on Friday.

The aqueduct would carry the flow in the Uyyakondan River by-passing the Puthur Weir and thereby help control the flow of the flood discharges from the Koraiyar into the Kudamuritti river. It would do away with the need to put up temporary ‘turfing’ at the Puthur weir every year to regulate the flow in the Uyyakondan river.

The confluence of the Koraiyur and Uyyakondan, from where the Kudamuritti river originates, often witnesses a huge surge of floods during the monsoon. The Kudamuritti has carried over 25,000 cusecs of water during floods in recent years against its capacity of less than 8,000 cusecs inundating low-lying residential colonies. The aqueduct was expected to help avert this problem as it would prevent water heading up at the Puthur weir. The structure would run for a distance of about 360 metres over 36 piers. The duct, with a capacity to carry about 600 cusecs of water, would be built of box culverts above which inspection vehicles could run. The aqueduct and other improvement works at the weir were taken up at a cost of Rs.7.80 crore. An underground tunnel has been built across the Uyyakondan river to let out the flood discharge from Kollankulam channel and residential areas Edamalaipattipudur, Karumandapam and New Selva Nagar areas directly into Kudamuritti river. Retaining walls were also built along the Uyyakondan river in the city stretch.

The PWD has planned to complete the aqueduct and other improvement works on the Uyyakondan river by the next closure period in the summer of 2010.

Work on widening of the Kudamuritti river is expected to commence soon. The land required for widening the river has been identified. The land value has been fixed and sent to the government for approval, Mr. Soundiah said.

From THE HINDU by S.Ganesan