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Water released from Vaigai dam for irrigation

Staff Reporter

Farmers advised to raise short-term crops


In case of monsoon failure or slump in storage levels, turn system will be introduced to save the crops


— PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN.

IN FULL FLOW: Theni Collector Har Sahay Meena, left, and Madurai Collector S.S. Jawahar watch water gushing out of Vaigai dam on Saturday.

THENI: Water has been released from Vaigai dam to irrigate double-crop areas in Madurai and Dindigul districts on Saturday. To begin with, 900 cusecs of water has been released from the dam. Madurai Collector S.S. Jawahar and Theni Collector Har Sahay Meena released the water.

According to them, 45,041 acres of land between Peranai and Kallandiri will benefit from the water, which will be released for 120 days continuously.

A total of 29,501 acres of land in Madurai North taluk and 13,747 acres in Vadipatti taluk in Madurai district, and 1,793 acres in Nilakottai taluk in Dindigul district would be irrigated.

Already 41 cusecs of water — 30 cusecs for drinking water to Madurai city and 11 cusecs for Andipatti-Sedapatti comprehensive drinking water scheme — has been released.

The water level stood at 45 feet in Vaigai dam and the present storage is 1,385 mcft. Inflow in to the dam was 1,137 cusecs.

Farmers have been advised to raise short-term crops and use the water judicially. In case of monsoon failure or slump in storage levels, turn system would be introduced to save the crops, the collectors said.

V. Srinivasagam, Executive Engineer, Periyar-Vaigai river basin, and other Public Works Department officials accompanied them.

The PWD officials stated that the storage was comfortable in both the dams. The level at Periyar dam stood at 131.90 feet with an inflow of 2,168 cusecs. The discharge was 1,215 cusecs. The storage was 5,142 mcft as the mandatory level was 4,000 cusecs only.

Monsoon helped

According to farmers, the water release has been delayed by 12 days owing to poor storage in the Vaigai dam. With the onset of southwest monsoon in Kerala, water level rose to 131.90 feet in one month from 108.90 feet on June 16.

Rainfall recorded at several places in the district in mm: Periyar 14, Thekkadi 1, Gudalur 2, Uthamapalayam 10 and Shanmuganadhi 2.

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