Water can't be released from Mettur on June 12: CM

CM opens Mettur dam, says Cauvery-Godhavari will be linked

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today opened the sluices of Mettur dam today, a move which will enable farmers in Delta regions to get water for agriculture.

Speaking to the media, the CM said the government will implement the project to link Cauvery and Godhavari rivers and it would ensure the state getting additional quantity of water.

He also said that Mettur dam has been opened thanks to the blessings of God. Stating that water will be opened for 137 days from the west and east gates of Mettur dam, he said works are on to construct two check dams across Cauvery and three more dams will also be constructed.

“Check dams are being constructed across canals and rivers to prevent rain water from getting wasted,” he added. In a statement, the chief minister advised the farmers to ensure water management through canals and check dams.

The release of water from Mettur will fill up approximately 700 ponds and tanks in the Cauvery delta region. A lifeline to farmers in the delta region, water released from the Mettur reservoir helps them to irrigate the long term crop of ‘samba’.

PWD officials said initially 2,000 cusec of water would be released on Tuesday before the outflow is gradually increased to 20,000 cusec. This is the second time Palaniswami is releasing water from Mettur.

As the catchment areas in Karnataka are experiencing good rains, the inflow into the Cauvery has been steadily increasing in the past couple of days. On Monday, the inflow was recorded at 2.4 lakh cusecs.