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Copious rain brings cheer to Erode farmers

S. Ramesh
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A view of the Kunderipallam Reservoir in Erode district. — PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN
A view of the Kunderipallam Reservoir in Erode district. — PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

With the district experiencing incessant rains for the last many days, a number of water bodies will overflow soon.

Good inflow

The Kunderipallam reservoir is already overflowing, while dams at Varattupallam, Perumpallam and Bhavanisagar have had a good inflow. The Varattupallam and Perumpallam reservoirs are expected to reach the brim if the heavy rain continues in their catchment areas for the next few days.

The water level in Perumpallam reservoir stood at 22 feet on Thursday as against its full level of 30.85 feet. In Varattupallam, the water level stood at 20.1 feet as against the full level of 33.5 feet.

The water position in Bhavanisagar Reservoir, a major source of water for thousands of farmers in Erode and neighbouring districts, has crossed 80 feet mark on Thursday.

The full level of the reservoir is 105 feet. The dam is getting an inflow of 1,982 cusecs.

The increase in the water level has brought cheers to farmers who depend on the Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) for irrigation.

The LBP ayacut, which has over two lakh acres of land in Erode and neighbouring districts, gets water from Bhavanisagar dam.

The lakes coming under thepublic works department also witnessed a significant improvement in the water position.

Storage in lakes

Out of the 21 lakes in the district, Odathurai and Anandasagar, located near Kavunthapadi, have reached the peak this week. The water storage in five lakes has crossed 60 per cent.

“The water position in the remaining lakes in the district is improving,” the public department officials said.

A number of water spreads under the Rural Development Department, have also registered copious inflow in the last few days.

“Most of the water bodies are 60 per cent full,” the officials said.

Instructions

The administration has already given instructions to the local bodies to identify weak spots in the bunds of water spreads and initiate steps to attend them.

The copious rain has also gladdened nature lovers. A number of jungle streams in Sathyamangalam forests sprang to life and many ponds, check dams and other water sources inside the forests are full.

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