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Flow in Cauvery for Aadi Perukku unlikely

“This year the adage Aadi pattam thedi vidhai has turned false,” rued the farmers pointing at a dry Cauvery.

Flow in Cauvery for Aadi Perukku unlikely
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The dry Cauvery at Tiruchy

Thiruchirapalli

The Tamil month of Aadi actually signifies ray of hope for farmers. Especially Aadi Perukku is supposed to indicate good times when the intensity of the sun’s heat is reduced and winds turn favourable to samba farmers. Public and the farmers are sceptical whether the river will flow till the tail end in Tiruchy. 

People were disappointed on Aadi Amavasai too as there was hardly any water to complete their customary rituals. They urged the officials to ensure flow of Cauvery during Aadi Perukku. 

People in the delta region ruminate at the water crisis and are almost sure that they will have to depend on the bore wells to complete their rituals. This apart, farmers, who have commenced samba cultivation in select areas across the Delta, too are sitting with their fingers crossed as the ground water level is fast depleting.

Meanwhile, the Tiruchy city corporation which had made a makeshift shower pipeline for Aadi Amavasai when people converged at Ammamandapam bathing ghat for a holy dip and special poojas for their ancestors, assured that the same kind of arrangement would be continued till the  as the chances of the Cauvery river flowing are almost nil. 

While a PWD Engineer claimed that the state had witnessed poor rainfall and the simmering heat this year has made the surroundings of Cauvery fully dry. “There is no possibility of releasing water from Mettur  now as the storage has not even reached adequate levels,” PWD Engineer added.

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