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CUDDALORE: The Veeranam tank is getting an inflow of 7,500 cusecs following heavy rain in the past five days.

However, water level is being maintained at 46.2 ft as against full level of 47.5 ft for safety reasons, Collector P. Seetharaman has said.

After inspecting the tank and pumping station at the tail-end of the tank (from where water is being pumped to Chennai) on Wednesday, he told The Hindu that the tank was getting an inflow of 7,500 cusecs from Karuvattu Odai and Sengal Odai.

A total quantum of 4,600 cusecs of water was being discharged through four outlets: the new surplus sluice – 2,500 cusecs, the Velliangal Odai – 1,500 cusecs, Pal canal – 500 cusecs and for Chennai – 75 cusecs. Depending upon the inflow, the release through the Pal canal would be stepped up.

Due to heavy discharge from the tank, paddy crops on about 60 to 80 acres were inundated in a single village. Otherwise, no flooding was reported anywhere in the district, Mr. Seetharaman said.

The district administration was keeping touch with the Chennai Meteorological Department on the weather to keep logistics ready.

He had directed officials of the Public Works Department to maintain vigil on water sources and men and materials ready to attend to any exigencies.

Mr. Seetharaman said rain had caused extensive damage to road network which needed to be studied in detail.

Rainfall recorded on Wednesday are as follows: Panruti – 145 mm, Lalpet – 135 mm, Thozhudur – 120 mm, Kattumannarkoil – 111 mm, Parangipettai – 102 mm, Cuddalore – 100 mm, Vepur – 98 mm, Bhuvanagiri – 90 mm, Chidambaram – 85 mm, Annamalai Nagar – 80.60 mm, Sethiathope – 68 mm, Sri Mushnam – 55 mm and Vriddhachalam – 40.0 mm.


District Collector R. Palanisamy, in a statement, said that intermittent spells of rain in the past fortnight had helped in replenishing groundwater level and filling water sources.

There were 829 tanks and lakes under the purview of the PWD in the district of which 313 were full to the brim, 460 were full to the level of 50 to 75 per cent and 56 were less than 50 per cent full.

The Collector appealed to farmers to utilise the suitable weather condition to their advantage.