In order to divert the surplus water into river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu from the Mettur Dam, the Public Work Departments (PWD) opened 16 shutters, which has led Stanley Reservoir at Mettur to accomplish its full capacity of 120 ft after five years.
PWD official said, “We have released 80,000 cusecs for the development. Also previously, we had observed this full capacity was on August 4, 2013.”
The dam had earlier crossed 100 ft which were three years ago with an inflow of 70,000 cusecs.
“The inflow to the river Cauvery and Mettur Dam has the tendency to escalates in a few days owing to the rain that will continue in upstream catchment areas of the river,” said a source.
“There is the possibility of storage level to remain same for some days with the constant flow,” the source added.
According to PWD official, “There is the possibility of release 90 tmcft of water till the end of southwest monsoon in September. Besides, 48 tmcft of water could be released owing to northeast monsoon.”
Following the concern of irrigation in Salem, Namakkal and Erode district, the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has ordered PWD officials to start work on two canals attached to Mettur dam. Nearly 45,000 acres of land 16,443 acres to Salem district, 11,327 acres to Namakkal district and 17,230 acres to Erode district would be allotted for the requisite.