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Rising water level in dams brings cheers to farmers

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Sharing of water under PAP pact expected to be a smooth affair

The fast rising water-level in all the eight reservoirs under the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project Agreement (PAP) between Kerala and Tamil Nadu following heavy rainfall has brought cheers to farmers in Palakkad, Coimbatore and Tirupur districts.

The PAP agreement is to share the waters of the Bharathapuzha, the Periyar and the Chalakudypuzha between the two neighbouring States.

The water level in the Kerala Sholayar reservoir, the biggest and primary reservoir in the PAP system, rose to 2,638.90 feet on Thursday as against 2,599.20 ft on the day last year. The Full Reservoir Level (FRL) is 2,663 ft. As per the PAP Agreement on every February 1 and September 1 Tamil Nadu has to fill the reservoir to FRL so that Kerala gets water for its Chalakudy basin during summer months. But in most of the years the agreement was violated leading to war of words between the two States.

Sudheer Padikkal, Joint Director of the Joint Water Regulatory Division of PAP, said that since all the eight reservoirs were set to reach the FRL soon, the water-sharing in the current water year was expected to be a smooth affair.

The Tamil Nadu Sholayar water level on Thursday was 3,292.30 ft as against the 3,245.76 ft on the day last year. The FRL is 3,290 ft.

The water level at Lower Nirar on Thursday was 3,313.94 ft as against 3,311.31 ft last year. The FRL is 3,350 ft. In the Thirumurthy reservoir, the water level on Thursday was 1,238.39 ft as against 1,297.04 ft last year. The FRL is 1,337 ft. In the Parambikulam reservoir, the water level was 1,796.30 ft on Thursday as against 1,795.48 ft last year. The FRL is 1,828 ft. The water level at Thunakadavu was 1,754.90 ft on Thursday as against 80.55 ft on the day last year. The FRL is 1,770 ft.

But in the Aliyar dam, the water level is low because of scant rain in its catchment areas in Tamil Nadu. The water level was 1,050 ft on Thursday as against 1,563.06 ft on the day last year. The FRL is 1,050 ft.

The water from Aliyar is now released to the Chitturpuzha irrigation scheme in Palakkad district for paddy cultivation as per the PAP agreement as the area got less rain fall compared to other parts of Kerala.

The total storage of water in all the eight reservoirs of PAP was 2,3342.08 Mcft on Thursday as against the 1,8817.25 Mcft on this day

last year. The FRL capacity of all these dams put together will be 3,588.00 Mcft.

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