May 18, 2020 : The Mettur dam will be opened on June 12 for irrigation to enable Cauvery delta farmers to cultivate short-term kuruvai paddy crop in about 3.25 lakh acres following a comfortable storage position , Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami said in a statement on Monday.
He said the decision to release water had been taken as the level in the dam was 100 ft against full capacity of 120 ft and the storage was 65.85 t.m.c ft and the south-west monsoon was expected to set on time. The water could be used for irrigation for the next 50 days through judicious release.
The Chief Minister also announced that farmers should be assured of uninterrupted three-phase power supply for 12 hours to enable them to take up pump cultivation.
He said the district administration had been told to get irrigation canals desilted as part of the work given to landless labourers under the MGNREGA. He also said steps would be taken to ensure that the farmers get urea and paddy seeds and also loans from cooperative banks.
He said the Government had fixed a paddy procurement target of 28 lakh tones. So far, 22.81 lakh metric tonnes was directly procured from the farmers so far.
''The government will create history by procuring the balance amount of paddy'', Palaniswami said.
Delta farmers associations have welcomed the decision to open the Mettur dam.