TAMIL NADU

Water overflows from Siruvani dam

K. V. Prasad

Heavy flow from the falls pushed up the level to the brim

COIMBATORE: Water started overflowing from the Siruvani dam on Friday night, bringing cheer to the Coimbatore Corporation and other local bodies dependent on it for drinking water supply.

The Siruvani scheme supplies 101 million litres a day (mld) to the western section of the city and suburbs. The eastern parts of the city and more than 500 panchayats get 125 mld under the Pilloor scheme.

Quoting officials who visited the dam on Saturday, Mayor R. Venkatachalam told TheHindu that water began overflowing around 10.30 p.m. on Friday. Around mid-June, the level stood at just 25 feet as against the reservoir level of 67.44 feet. Steady and heavy flow from the falls in the Siruvani hills over the past 20 days pushed up the level to the brim. Last year, the dam first overflowed on July 5.

Nevertheless, the Mayor cautioned against any wastage of water. "We have not yet reached the stage of abundance. So the alternate day supply will continue,” he said.

“More than 500 unapproved layouts (comprising over 20,000 houses) are to be given drinking water connections. The process may begin in August. So, the surplus is timely, as we need enough water to meet the demand,” he said.

An assessment of the situation at the intake tower could not be done, with the road between the dam and the tower having been damaged in a landslip. Corporation officials had to go through the neighbouring Palakkad district in Kerala on Saturday to reach the dam, as there was no access through Tamil Nadu because of landslips at two places.

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