Residents asked to move to safer places
The Collector, K.S. Palanisamy, on Monday inspected the Vaigai Dam and wayside villages and alerted the residents to move to safer places and also inspected safety measures taken by the officials.
The inspection was a follow up of a final flood warning issued by the Public Works Department for the Vaigai downstrean.
Revenue officials were alerted to monitor flow in the Vaigai in Nilakottai in Dindigul district and nearby areas. People living along the riverbank were asked to move to safer places.
More than one third of the total irrigation tanks under the control of PWD in the district have full storage and 50 per cent of dams have 50 per cent of storage and the rest below 50 per cent, thanks to torrential showers in the district during this season.
Water level touched its brim at Karunkettankulam and Udayankulam in Chinnamanur, Sengulam in Seelayampatti, Narayanasamudram tank in Kottur, Chikkanagounden kulam in Veppampatti, Kamatchipuram tank in Kamatchipuram, Nandhavanam tank in Poomalaigundu, Balucherry tank, Vannan Kulam and Kannimar tanks in Jangalpatti, Sengulam and Karunkulam in Kunnur, Palakombai tank in Palakombai, Muthukombaiyan tank, Pudukulam and Chinnaottukulam tanks in Bodi.
Total storage in these tanks was 260.999 mcft and the total capacity of these tanks were 842.699 mcft.
Many irrigation and rural tanks in the district were overflowing. However, some tanks in Nilakottai block have poor storage owing to the supply channels being destroyed.
Rain water stagnated in many residential colonies and recently developed ‘Nagars' on the outskirts of Dindigul, causing much inconvenience to residents and posing grave threats to their health.
It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, thanks to no or poor drain facilities and massive destruction of channels to many tanks. With no proper drainage facilities, drainage water blended with rain water and spread on all corners of the colonies within and outside Dindigul town. Mud and slush camouflaged approach roads posing grave threat riders and drivers.
The worst affected were Vivekanandha Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Cooperative Nagar, Gopal Nagar, Muthu Nagar and EB Colony near Nandhavanapatti. Water overflowing from the nearby tank damaged prime road connecting Chettinaickenpatti and Dindigul bypass road. Many towns did not have proper drain facilities. The existing ones in some colonies were either destroyed or silted blocking flow of water to nearby tanks to main drainage channels.
Water has been released from Marudhanadhi dam near Batlagundu for irrigation of agriculture lands in Athoor and Nilakotai blocks here on Monday.
Releasing the water from the dam, Collector K. Nagarajan said that 20 cusecs of water have been released through old ayacut for 135 days continuously and 80 cusecs through new ayacut for next 74 days continuously for irrigation.
A total of 6,583 acres will benefit. Water level in the dam stood at 62 feet (total height 64 feet) and the present storage was 175 mcft. Inflow into the dam was 208 cusecs.
The Collector appealed to farmers to use water judiciously and raise short term crops for better profit.
Already, the Public Works Department engineers had released water for irrigation from Varadhanamadhi dam in Palani and Kamarajar dam in Athoor.
Water level has been increasing steadily in major tanks – irrigation tanks and rural tanks – in the district owing to torrential showers that rocked the district for the past one week.