Coimbatore tanks likely to be full by next week

Water flowing through the Coimbatore Canal into Ukkadam Big Tank in the city on Wednesday following rain in River Noyyal catchment.

Water flowing through the Coimbatore Canal into Ukkadam Big Tank in the city on Wednesday following rain in River Noyyal catchment.   | Photo Credit: S. Siva Saravanan

Officials review civic body’s preparedness to meet monsoon emergencies

Water flow into tanks in the city and its outskirts increased on Wednesday following good rain in catchment areas of River Noyyal.

Officials in the Public Works Department’s Water Resource Organisation (WRO) and non-government organisations Siruthuli and Kovai Kulangal Pathugapu Amaipu say that water is flowing through all the anaicuts (weirs) into all the tanks on Wednesday.

The WRO officials say Ukkulam is full and Pudukulam has 60 % water. The tanks are the first two of the series of tanks in the Noyyal system. Kolarampathy tank has 50 % water and Narasampathy has around 30 % water and the two tanks are seeing good inflows.

Following the opening of weirs at the Chithirai Chavadi, around 500 cusecs (cubic feet per second) water flows to the Chithirai Chavadi channel, feeding the Krishnampathy, Kolarampathy and Narasampathy tanks.

Similarly, around 200 cusecs flows through the Kuniamuthur weirs carrying water to Sottaiandi Kuttai, Ganganarayana Samudram, Perur Big Tank, Kuniamuthur Sengulam and Chinnakulam tanks.

The officials also say that Kurichi channel that feeds the Kurichi tank is carrying 200 cusecs water. The flow in the Coimbatore channel, which carries water to the Ukkadam Big Tank, is carrying a little more than 100 cusecs water.

If the flow continues, Ukkadam Big Tank, Kurichi and a few tanks will be full by this time next week, the officials further say and add that though the water flow has been good there has been no emergency so far.

Meanwhile, the Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan held a meeting to review the civic body's preparedness to meet monsoon emergencies. A release issued by the Corporation says the discussion was about maintaining channels, removing encroachments and keeping roads free of water stagnation.

In Siruvani, South West Monsoon continues to pound the catchment. In the 24 hours that ended 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Siruvani Reservoir received 208 mm and the Siruvani foothills (adivaram), 135 mm, pushing up the water level to 38.38 feet. The full reservoir level is 49.50 feet.

For the fourth continuous day on Tuesday, Valparai and its surroundings continued to receive good rainfall. Data available with the district administration for the 24 hours that ended 8 a.m. Wednesday says that Cincona received 72 mm, Chinnakalar 103 mm, Valparai (PAP area) 64 mm and Valparai Taluk office 64 mm.

The water level in the Pilloor Reservoir, another water source for the city, like Siruvani, stood at 97 feet. The full reservoir level is 100 feet.

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