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Move away from Cauvery banks, people told

HAPPY TIDINGS: Cauvery in full flow along Tiruchi. — Photo: M. Moorthy

HAPPY TIDINGS: Cauvery in full flow along Tiruchi. — Photo: M. Moorthy  

Mettur reservoir full; increase in discharge anticipated; no cause for panic, says Collector

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Anticipating a possible increase in the discharge into the Cauvery River from Mettur reservoir, which continues to receive copious inflows, the district administration has advised people living along the banks of the river to move to safer places.

The happy tidings of the storage level at Mettur reaching its brim has no doubt brought back some cheer among the farming community. However, officials point out that once the reservoir reaches the level of 120 ft, any further inflow would entirely be discharged into the Cauvery normally.

Collector K. Nanda Kishore, in a press release, pointed out that the storage level at the Mettur reservoir was 119.3 ft as of 4 p.m. on Friday and there was a distinct possibility of an increase in the discharge into the Cauvery. The discharge into the river was about 18,000 cusecs in the evening, he said and appealed to people living along the banks to move to safer places.

However, he stated that there was no cause for panic. Adequate precautionary measures were being taken by the Public Works and the Revenue Departments. In case of emergency situations, the public could contact the control room at the Collectorate over phone at 2415031 or the Musiri Revenue Divisional Officer (260335), RDO, Tiruchi (2415734) or RDO, Lalgudi (2541500).

Meanwhile, PWD officials said the realisation at the Upper Anaicut (Mokkombu) near Tiruchi was around 11,300 cusecs on Friday evening. The public warning was a routine precautionary measure, they said. Water has been released in all the irrigation channels, except for Ayyan Vaical, from the Mayanur bed regulator.

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