Water released from Mettur dam has been increased significantly to meet the requirements of the delta farmers.
Meanwhile, as rain receded in the delta region, the farmers sought to increase release of water from the dam. Following this, the discharge from the dam has been increased to 16,000 cusecs for delta irrigation at 8am on Thursday.
Though the dam continues to hold to its full capacity of 120 feet after reaching reservoir level (FRL) for the third time this year on October 23, the water level is likely to come down as the quantum of water released from the dam surpassed water flowing into the dam.
As receded in the catchment areas, inflow into the dam dropped significantly with about 6,205 cusecs at 8am on Thursday. The inflow into the dam has been reducing gradually from 10,500 cusecs on Monday, 7,500 cusecs on Tuesday and further down to 6,000 cusecs on Wednesday.
The dam last crossed its FRL on September 7 and again on September 24 due to heavy inflow following good rain in the Cauvery catchment areas. After a lull, rain again resumed in catchment areas in Karnataka with the start of northeast monsoon, thereby, increasing the inflow into the dam in the recent weeks.
While the inflow surged, the discharge from the dam was maintained low as water requirements for the delta irrigation were met by heavy rain in the delta districts. As rain slowed down, the farmers have been looking for the water from Mettur dam for their irrigation needs.