Mettur, Aug 13 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami opened the sluice gates of the Stanley Reservoir across River Cauvery here on Tuesday. Mr.Palaniswami, accompanied by senior cabinet colleagues and public works department officials, showered flower petals into the dam as the water gushed out through the sluice gates. He said initially 3,000 cusecs of water was being released for irrigation of crops in Cauvery delta region and it would gradually be increased to 10,000 cusecs during the day.
The Chief Minister said water would be released from the dam for 137 days continuously, which will replenish 700 water bodies along the Cauvery and the basin areas and improve the ground water level in the region. The dam remains as a major source for irrigation, besides cater to the drinking water needs of 20 districts in Tamil Nadu, he said. He appealed to the farming community to adopt water management and make use of the available water for irrigation. The release would also enable power generation of 210 MW through the hydro electric station in the dam.
The dam area was desilted for the first time ever and the accumulated rich alluvial earth was distributed to farmers free of cost by the AIADMK regime in 1997, he recalled. He said over 39,000 water bodies across the state would be desilted at a cost of Rs 1250 crore under the Kudimaramathu scheme in a phased manner. Mr.Palaniswami said the government has planned to construct five check dams with a storage capacity of 1 to 1.25 TMC each across the Cauvery at various places between Mettur to Colleroon.UNI