The movement aims to ease the pressure on the Cauvery River; people along the shores of Kollidam were urged to move to safer places
The Department of Public Works (PWD) has decided to divert around 10,000 cusecs of water into the Kollidam River from upper Anicut (Mukkombu) from Monday evening.
This decision comes because of the large inflows into the Koraiyar and Kudamuritti rivers, which flow into the Cauvery river near Tiruchi.
The Koraiyar was receiving large influxes following widespread rains in and around Keeranur / Viralimalai in Pudukottai district and Manapparai in Tiruchi district in recent days. A few reservoirs in the Keeranur / Viralimalai areas had excess inflows. According to PWD sources, around 2,500 to 3,000 cusecs of water flowed through Puthur Weir near Tiruchi, which empties into the Cauvery.
“About 10,000 cusecs of water will be diverted to Kollidam from Mukkombu from 6 p.m. Monday,” said collector S. Sivarasu, highlighting the large influxes in Koraiyar and Kudamuritti as well as the expected flow in the Cauvery, as the dam de Mettur is fast. reached its full capacity due to the large influx of dams from Karnataka.
Although only 100 cusecs of water were released from the Mettur dam, 14,992 cusecs of water were pouring into the Cauvery after Mukkombu on Monday morning due to the rain. In order to ease the pressure on the Cauvery, some of the rain flow must be diverted to the Kollidam, officials said.
Mr Sivarasu called on people living along the shores and dhobies of Kollidam to move to safer places. People have been advised against bathing, swimming or fishing in the Cauvery River. He also cautioned people against taking selfies near waterways.
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