Tamil Nadu today opened the conduit entryways of the Mettur Reservoir here to empower agriculturists take up development of the samba paddy crop in the delta areas.
In much help to the agriculturists in this district, water was discharged for flooding around 12 lakh sections of land as the floodgate doors were opened within the sight of senior AIADMK Ministers Edappadi K Palaniswamy and P Thangamani, among others.
Palaniswamy told columnists that at first 2000 cusecs was being discharged and this would be bit by bit be expanded to 12,000 cusecs by the night.
Keeping with the standard practice, blossoms were dropped into the spouting waters.
Water from the dam is by and large discharged on June 12 yet this year it wasn’t possible after low stockpiling levels even as the AIADMK government had drawn closer the Supreme Court looking for bearing to Karnataka to discharge 50 tmcft to it.
While the court had on September 5 requested 15,000 cusecs every day for ten days, it later altered its request, requesting that Karnataka discharge 12,000 cusecs till today (September 20).
Recently, the Cauvery Supervisory Committee in Delhi had requested Karnataka to discharge 3,000 cusecs water for every day to Tamil Nadu between September 21 and September 30.
With Mettur Dam seeing unfaltering inflows taking after Karnataka’s arrival of water from the Cauvery River, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had on September 16 requested opening its conduit entryways for inundating samba crops in delta locale.
She had then said the choice to discharge water depended on elements like the dam touching 84.76 feet (limit 120 ft) and probability of accepting more water from Karnataka repositories in perspective of the pinnacle court request and an expected typical north east rainstorm.
In August, Jayalalithaa had reported a Rs 64 crore extraordinary arrangement for agriculturists of delta areas to take up samba development, and this included endowment for different ranch exercises, for example, acquisition of value seeds, motorized sowing and planting operations.