• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Cauvery water released from Mettur dam for Samba cultivation in TN

    By Pti

    Salem (TN), October 2: To enable farmers take up 'Samba' paddy cultivation in delta districts of Tamil Nadu, Cauvery water was released from the Mettur Dam in Salem on Monday.

    Water gushes out after the release of water from Mettur Dam in Salem in Tamil Nadu. PTI file photo

    The dam, the lifeline of Delta farmers across Cauvery, is usually opened on June 12 annually for irrigation.

    But it had been delayed for the fourth straight year in view of poor storage due to scanty rainfall and refusal by Karnataka to release Tamil Nadu's share of Cauvery waters.

    On June 12 this year, the water level at the dam stood at 20 feet against its maximum of 120 feet.

    However, with recent monsoon rains in catchment areas bringing in copious inflows, the water level in the dam has reached about 95 feet, following which it has been opened for irrigation.

    Water was let out by state ministers P Thangamani, K P Anbazhagan and K C Karupannan in the presence of Salem Collector Rohini and Mettur MLA S Semmalai.

    Chief Minister K Palaniswami had last week ordered release of water from today for irrigation in the Cauvery delta districts.

    Inflow into the dam was nearly 13,000 cusecs today.

    Official sources told PTI that initially 2,000 cusecs of water has been released which would be increased gradually.


    For Daily Alerts

    For Breaking News from Oneindia
    Get instant news updates throughout the day.

    Notification Settings X
    Time Settings
    Clear Notification X
    Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
    Settings X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more