With the water inflow from the Kabini and KRS dams in Karnataka reaching an all-time high of 1.35 lakh cusecs, that made tamilnadu government to release water from the Mettur dam increased to 1.25 lakh cusecs.
As Stanley Reservoir in Mettur achieved its full reservoir level (FRL) on Saturday for the second time in 20 days with the inflow reaching 1.35 lakh cusecs of water, forcing Tamil Nadu Government to put seven districts, including Salem, on high alert.
Since more than 1 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from the Mettur dam, all seven districts through which the Cauvery passes through have been asked to be on high alert since there could be a possibility of flooding. The State Disaster Management Authority said all seven district collectors have been instructed to take enough precautionary measures to handle any situation.
“All measures have been taken to ensure that people are not affected. Since 1.25 lakh cusecs of water is being released, we have put all officials in the revenue villages in the district that are on the banks on high alert,” says government sources
People living in low lying areas will be evacuated if necessary, Mettur Dam, which is the lifeline of farmers in the Delta region, has achieved its FRL for the second time in three weeks. The reservoir achieved its full level on July 24 after a gap of five years Karur District collector T. Anbalagan told
The district administration was well prepared to handle any situation. “We have put all our officers on high alert and they are creating awareness among the people that they should not go near the river,” he added