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Quantum jump in Cauvery flow

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Inflow has increased from 80 to 1,100 cusecs, causing cheer all around

Officials of the Central Water Commission measuring the inflow of water from Karnataka at the Biligundlu, the entry-level gauge point in Krishnagiri district on Wednesday.—Photo: N. Bashkaran
Officials of the Central Water Commission measuring the inflow of water from Karnataka at the Biligundlu, the entry-level gauge point in Krishnagiri district on Wednesday.—Photo: N. Bashkaran

: The flow of Cauvery water to the State increased to 8,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) on Wednesday evening from 4,800 cusecs in the morning, as recorded by the gauging station in Biligundlu in Krishnagiri district.

This follows the rise in the discharge from Karnataka dams, sources in the Central Water Commission said.

There is every likelihood of Tamil Nadu receiving higher quantum of inflow as Karnataka’s two important dams in the Cauvery basin — Kabini and Krishna Raja Sagar — stepped up their discharge to 25,000 cusecs on Wednesday from Tuesday’s 10,000 cusecs.

Officials at the Stanley Reservoir (Tamil Nadu’s major dam on the Cauvery) in Mettur in Salem said the inflow rose from mere 80 cusecs on Tuesday to 1,100 cusecs on Wednesday.

The increase in the flow at the Hogenakkal Falls, the lone tourism spot for Dharmapuri and its surrounding areas, has brought cheers to coracle operators and vendors.

They hope that the increase in flow may attract more tourists in the days to come.

Public Works Department officials in the Dharmapuri district cautioned people living along the banks of the Cauvery in the district about the possible floods either on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

PWD officials at Mettur said the level in the dam was 15.66 feet against the full level of 120 feet. The storage now was only 2,934 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) against the full capacity of 93 tmcft and this enabled an outflow of only 900 cusecs, and that is only for drinking purpose.


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