Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday morning opened the sluice gates of the Mettur dam even as 3,000 cusecs of Cauvery water gushed out of the Stanley Reservoir.
Earlier in the day, the water level in the dam had crossed the 100- feet mark. The CM opened the sluice gates of the dam at 8.54am. Initially, 3,000 cusecs of water was released from the dam. “It will increase to 10,000 cusecs by the evening,” Palaniswami said.
The quantum of water being released will be increased in the coming days based on the requirement in the delta region, the CM said. After Karnataka started releasing Cauvery water in the wake of good southwest monsoon, the chief minister ordered release of the water from Mettur dam to save crops spread over 16.05 lakh acres in the delta districts of Trichy Thanjavur Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.
The water level in the Mettur Dam in Salem district, which gets inflow from the Cauvery river, crossed the 100-feet mark at 4am on Tuesday. The Mettur dam is the largest in Tamil Nadu.