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4700 cusecs of water is released into the Vaigai

Good harvest in sight: Water gushing out of Parthibanur regulator in Ramanathapuram district. - Photo: L. Balachandar
Good harvest in sight: Water gushing out of Parthibanur regulator in Ramanathapuram district. - Photo: L. Balachandar

The steady rise in flow of water in the Vaigai has raised the hope that all system tanks in the district may be filled up soon.

Much to the cheer of farmers and water managers, about 13000 cusecs of water was realised at the Parthibanur regulator in the Vaigai river on Monday morning, which has a comprehensive mechanism to regulate water through four discharge canals besides the main river. The realisation was similar to the Viraganur regulator, which is situated at the upper stream of the Vaigai near Madurai. Since more rain is expected in the next 24 hours it is hoped that the inflow may touch the last year's maximum level of 17000 cusecs.

As soon as heavy inflow was noticed at the regulator, the officials opened the sluices of the main river, Right Main Canal and the Left Main Canal. Similarly, the Paralai flood carrier, which is generally opened during the flood times, has also been opened to discharge excess water.

As per official sources, 4700 cusecs was released in the Vaigai main river and the LMC and the RMC carried 1825 and 1330 cusecs respectively on Monday. Nearly 1500 cusecs was discharged through Paralai flood carrier.

PL. Valliappan, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department told The Hindu that it was hoped that the current inflow would continue for a few more days, raising chances for filling up of all 474 system irrigation tanks, including the Ramanathapuram big tank and R.S. Mangalam big tank in the district. M. Muththamil Selvi, Assistant Executive Engineer, Paramakudi said that the Right Main Canal would feed water to as many as 154 tanks though 32 branch channels. A total of 33196 acres would be benefited. Similarly, 87 major tanks including 41 tanks in Sivaganga district would get water through the Left Main Canal and as many as 34924 acres would be irrigated.

M. Jeyaraj, Assistant Engineer, Parthibanur said though the current inflow was called as flash flood, a meticulous scheme has been designed to carry water to all tanks as quickly as possible. Since chances were bright for increasing the flow in the lower reach of the Vaigai from Parthibanur, people particularly those who live along the river bed and low lying areas, have been warned to move to safer areas.

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