Staff Reporter

KRISHNAGIRI: Water from Krishnagiri Reservoir Project (KRP) dam was released for first crop for the right and left main canals on Thursday by Collector V.K. Shanmugam in the presence of T.A. Magenathan, Kaveripattinam MLA.

A total of 9,012 acres of agriculture land in 16 villages will benefit for the next 150 days.

A total of 4,287 acres in the ayacut of right main canal and the small lakes on the way and 4,725 acres in the ayacut of left main canal and the small lakes on its way will be irrigated. Periyamuthur, Sundekuppam, Thimmapuram, Soutaalli, Thalialli, Kalvealli, Kundalapatti, Mittaalli, Erraalli, Penneswaramadam, Kaveripattinam, Palekuli, Marichettihalli, Nagojanaalli, Janapparuralli and Paiyur will benefit from the dam water.

Water will be released for 150 days, but it will depend on the storage in KRP and Kelaverapalli dams.

“At any cost, water release timeframe will not be extended beyond 150 days. Hence, the farmers should use water judiciously,” the Collector said.

The present water level in the KRP dam was 48.65 ft as against its full height of 52 ft. Water released through right main canal and left main canal was 180 cusecs per minute.

Kanchana Kamalanathan, State Backward Class Welfare Board; A. Venkatachalam, Executive Engineer, PWD; R. Gouthaman, Assistant Executive Engineer; Krishnan, Assistant Engineer and presidents of Water Users Association participated.