Water was released from Thirumoorthy Dam on Thursday evening much to the relief of farmers in its command area spread over 94,362 acres spread over Tirupur and Coimbatore districts.
Public Works Department (Water Resources Organisation) sources said that it was planned to release a total of 4,406 mcft (million cubic feet) of water over a period of 135 days in different wetting cycles.
The inflow into the dam was 724 cusecs from Contour canal and the water stood at 54.78 feet against the total of 60 feet, with both the readings taken at 7 a.m. on the day.
Official sources said the water was primarily released through Dhali channel which also feed eight irrigation ponds namely Ottukulam, Periyakulam, Chengulam, Dhinaikulam, Chettikulam, Karisalkulam, Ammapattikulam and Valayapalayamkulam situated in the downstream.
Of the eight tanks, storage position was less than 50 per cent in three with another two ponds having exactly 50 per cent water in it prior to the release of the water from the dam.
Hence, the water release would be immensely benefiting the farmers who had standing crops such as millets, maize, oil seeds, coconut and vegetables but was struggling till now to find water for irrigation. Collector G. Govindaraj opened the shutters of the dam in the presence of various MLAs, and officials of PWD (WRO).