Tirunelveli dams to be opened for crops

In response to the demands raised by farmers along the banks of Tamirabharani river for water for short-term irrigation, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday ordered the release of water from Manimutharu, Servalar and Papanasam dams.
Tirunelveli dams to be opened for crops
TN Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami


A statement from the Secretariat said that the sluice gates of the dams and 11 canals associated with the Tamirabharani river will be opened for irrigation from Sunday. The Public Works Department authorities will release 2,500 cusecs of water for 20 days (from September 15 to October 4) helping the farmers to gear up for cultivation. The timely release of water will help farmers to cultivate 40,000 acres in Tirunelveli district and another 46107 acres in adjacent Tuticorin district.

“Besides the drinking water requirement, a total of 86,000 acres can be cultivated and the farmers should judiciously use the water,” the chief minister said in a statement.

It may be noted that almost all the major reservoirs in Tamil Nadu excluding the ones in north Tamil Nadu are now releasing water for short-term irrigation.

Meanwhile, the regional Meteorological Department, Chennai, in its farmers district wise bulletin urged the farmers of Tirunelveli to take up preparatory cultivation works for dry lands by utilising the expected rain in the coming days. Pre-monsoon sowing can be taken up anticipating the ensuing north-east monsoon season.

For Thoothukudi, the RMC and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in their Agromet report noted irrigation advisable for the period as isolate distribution of rainfall is expected for the new few days.

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