: 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.