Water released from KRP dam for first crop

For rich yield:Water gushing out from the main canal of KRP dam after it was released on Thursday. — Photo: N. Bashkaran

KRISHNAGIRI: Water from the Krishnagiri Reservoir Project (KRP) dam was released for the first crop from the right and left main canals on Thursday by Collector (in charge) P. Prabhakar in the presence of E.G. Sugavanam, MP, and MLAs T. Senguttuvan and T.A. Meganathan. A total of 9,012 acres of agricultural land in 16 villages will benefit for the next 150 days from July 1 to November 27.

A total of 4,287 acres in the ayacut of right main canal and the small lakes on the way and 4,725 acres in the ayacut of left main canal and the small lakes on its way will be irrigated.

Periyamuthur, Sundekuppam, Thimmapuram, Soutaalli, Thalialli, Kalvealli, Kundalapatti, Mittaalli, Erraalli, Penneswaramadam, Kaveripattinam, Balekuli, Marichettihalli, Nagojanaalli, Janapparuralli and Paiyur will benefit from the dam water. “The time frame for water release will not be extended. Hence, farmers should use water judiciously,” Mr. Prabhakar said.

The water level in the dam was 48.50 ft as against its full height of 52 ft. S. Senguttuvan, Executive Engineer, R. Gouthaman, Assistant Executive Engineer and presidents of Water Users Associations participated.

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Rain improves inflow into reservoirs

Coimbatore: The continuing rain in Coimbatore district and along the Western Ghats for the fourth day on Monday resulted in copious inflow into reservoirs besides steadily increasing the storage in many of the reservoirs, including the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project.

While the rain remained heavy in hill areas, there was mild showers in urban areas. According to the Water Resource Organisation (WRO) of the Public Works Department, the rainfall level reported across the district at 8.30 a.m. in mm were as follows:

Chinnakallar- 113, Valparai taluk- 95, Valparai PAP- 93, Chincona- 87, TNAU- 76, Coimbatore South- 73, Pollachi- 7, Periyanaickenpalayam- 5, Peelamedu- 3.4, Mettupalayam- 2.4 and Annur- 1.

The Public Works Department officials said that the inflow and storage in the reservoirs had been on a steady rise.

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Tiruchi: Reservoir work likely to commence this year

TIRUCHI: Estimates for the Viswakudi reservoir sanctioned at a cost of Rs.19 crore in Perambalur district has been forwarded to the government and the work on the project is expected to commence this financial year. The reservoir to be built across the Kallar River, between Pachamalai and Sengamalai, in Thondamanthurai village would fulfil a long felt need of the people of the Veppanthattai taluk.

The reservoir would help stabilise irrigation in an area of about 2,478 acres apart from contributing to a substantial improvement in the water table in the surrounding villages, M. Paneerselvam, Executive Engineer, Plan Formulation Division, Public Works Department, Tiruchi, told ‘The Hindu.’ The reservoir would harness the water flow from the hills during the monsoon. The reservoir, to be built with financial assistance from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of the NABARD, would have a water storage capacity of 31 million cubic feet and two sluices. The water spread area would be about 43 acres and the storage height of the reservoir would be 9.5 metres. The reservoir would have an “uncontrolled weir” running for about 44 metres allowing for automatic flow of water once it was filled. The total length of the earthen bund around the reservoir would be about 615 metres. New irrigation channels would be created for a total length of about 4,100 metres.

Work on the project is expected to begin once the design approval and other formalities were completed, Mr. Paneerselvam said.

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Chennai: Poondi reservoir starts receiving Krishna water

CHENNAI: The Poondi reservoir has started receiving Krishna water, discharged from the Kandaleru reservoir, from Monday evening, officials of the Water Resources Department here said.

According to them, about 200 cubic feet per second (cusecs) was realised at the Poondi reservoir by 6 a.m. on Tuesday. (One cusec of water is equal to 28.3 litres). As the discharge from the Kandaleru reservoir has been stepped up to 1,900 cusecs, the Poondi reservoir is expected to receive about 800 cusecs by Thursday.

“We have asked for the release of water to continue till April for augmenting the city supply,” said an official. This is the second time that Chennai is being supplied with Krishna water in 2009-10. The city had realised 4.1 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) from the Kandaleru reservoir between September and December 2009.

Since 2006, Chennai has been getting around six tmcft of water every year. Uthukottai, the inter-State border of the Kandaleru Poondi canal got 6.9 tmcft of water in 2008-09, which was the highest quantum received since the commissioning of the Krishna Water Supply project a decade ago.

“If we get two or three tmcft during this spell, it will be sufficient to cater to the city’s water needs till the onset of the northeast monsoon,” an official said.

The cumulative storage of the four reservoirs that cater for Chennai — Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam — stood at 6.7 tmcft against its capacity of 11 tmcft on Tuesday.

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Dindigul: Dams reach full level

DINDIGUL: All major dams in Palani taluk have reached their full capacity and Varadhamanadhi dam has started overflowing since Tuesday, thanks to the sudden and sharp showers in the past 24 hours.

The entire inflow of 870 cusecs was discharged in to the river from Varadhamanadhi dam.

Storage level in the Palar Porundhalar reservoir reached its brim and Kudiraiyar dam level was inching towards to its total height of 80 feet.

The level crossed 76 feet in this reservoir. Inflow into the Marudhanadhi dam and several tanks near the hilly regions was good. The flow in all streams, including the Silver Cascade on Kodaikanal hill, was also good.

Nilakottai received highest rain and Palani recorded the lowest in the district. The sky was overcast on Wednesday and mild showers were experienced in some pockets.

The worst-affected were the people in Dindigul town. Almost, all prime roads in the town turned slushy and muddy, thanks to the inordinate delay in the completion of underground drainage work. Soil dumped on centre of the road after finishing the work spread on to other parts of the road making it slippery and unfit for riding or driving. Even pedestrians, particularly school children, too faced hardship. North and East Car streets, Main Road, AMC, Salai Road and Railway Station Road and the main road in Begampur were affected.

Total rainfall in the district was 110.4 mm and average rain 12.27 mm only.

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Coimbatore: Rain improves storage in PAP reservoirs

Coimbatore: Though not a torrential downpour as it was in the last couple of days, intermittent showers have been improving the storage in the Parambikulam Aliyar Project reservoirs. Rain continues in the Western Ghats, especially in the catchments of the PAP as well as in Siruvani and Pilloor.

In Sholayar, the dam level stood at 151.88 ft as against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 160 with the inflow at 599 cusecs and outflow at 634 cusecs and rainfall at 33 mm. In Parambikulam, the storage was 71.90 ft as against the FRL of 72 and inflow was 680 cusecs and discharge was 680 cusecs and rainfall was 19 mm. Aliyar had a storage of 119.70 against an FRL of 120 ft and inflow was 748 cusecs and discharge was 829 cusecs while rainfall was 1.6 mm.

Thirumurthy had a storage of 44.28 ft as against the FRL of 60 ft and the inflow was 114 cusecs while the discharge was 14 cusecs and rainfall 3 mm. Thirumurthy had a storage of 79.60 ft as against the FRL of 90 ft and inflow stood at 3,164 ft and discharge was 7 cusecs and rainfall 2 mm.

The Water Resource Organisation (WRO) of the Public Works Department have already commenced the works for removal of the boulder and sand from the Aliyar Feeder canal as well as the breached Contour Canal. The access road to the breach site of the Canal Road is also almost ready for reaching men and materials. The works are expected to be speeded up once the rain stops.

In Coimbatore, Siruvani dam registered a rainfall of 22 mm while the foothills registered 18 mm and the dam continued to surplus at 878.5 ft. The surplus continued in Pilloor also.

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Chennai: Enough in reservoirs to last till next monsoon: Metrowater officials

CHENNAI: The level in the Veeranam lake in Cuddalore is up to the brim following the heavy inflow but Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) officials say it does not mean any increase in the supply to the city. They, however, say the four reservoirs have enough to last till the next monsoon.

On Tuesday, the level in the Veeranam lake was at 43.7 feet against its capacity of 47.5 feet. The inflow was 1,000 cusecs while the outflow maintained at 1,474 cusecs. On Wednesday, the inflow was 500 cusecs and the outflow 493 cusecs.

CMWSSB officials say only 180 Million litres per Day (MLD) is drawn from the lake for the city’s needs. “Veeranam is primarily a irrigation lake from which we are drawing water for the city under a scheme. Of the out flow of 493 cusecs from Veeranam on Wednesday, 427 cusecs will go for agricultural use and 66 cusecs for Chennai,” said an official.

Water from Veeranam reaches a pumping house in Settiya Thoppu near Cuddalore and goes to a treatment plant in Vadakuthu near Neyvelli. From there it reaches an overhead tank in Kadambuliyur and then, using gravity, 180 MLD is sent to the Porur headworks. “This then provides water to entire South Chennai,” said the official.

Officials say the level in the four reservoirs supplying water to the city increased by 45% on Wednesday compared to Tuesday. On Tuesday, the combined storage was 4880 mcft against the capacity of 11,057 mcft. On Wednesday, it was 5039 mcft an increase of 159 mcft.

“The increase is mainly due to the rains. The average rainfall in Red Hills, Cholavaram, and Poondi is 325 mm for November. We have been receiving 2.3 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of Krishna water. This is expected to continue untill our reservoirs become full and we ask them to stop. This will ensure enough supply till the next monsoon,” said the official.

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