Water released for Cumbum Valley irrigation

Staff Reporter

THENI: Water for the irrigation of first crop of double-cropping pattern areas in Cumbum Valley has been released from Periyar reservoir on Saturday afternoon.

Releasing water from the dam, the Theni Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni, said that to begin with 200 cusecs of water has been released for irrigation. Storage in the dam was 1,360 mcft while the water level stood at 112.80 feet. Water would be supplied through 17 canals to irrigation areas in the entire valley stretching up to Veerapandi.

About 14,707 acres of agriculture lands would be irrigated during this season, he said. The Collector appealed to farmers to utilise the water judiciously and boost production.

Farmers told that the water released from the dam would be utilised for raising seedlings. Already, farmers in many areas in the valley had commenced preliminary work such as levelling the field, thanks to a copious summer rain.

PWD officials informed that release of water would either be increased on decreased on the basis of improvement in storage level in the dam and rainfall in the months to come.

The dam received two mm rainfall on Friday. However, there was no rain recorded in Thekkadi, one of the catchment areas of the dam.

The level in Vaigai dam stood at 28.94 feet and the storage was 328 mcft. Discharge from the dam was 41 cusecs.

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