Intermittent showers in Western Ghats and sharp downpour in urban areas on Saturday afternoon renewed the hopes of the possibility of South-West Monsoon setting in.
Siruvani storage is fast depleting raising concerns of water scarcity. This has resulted in residents of Coimbatore pinning hopes on the South-West Monsoon. Rainfall in the last 24 hours reported from various places till 8.30 a.m. on Saturday is as follows: Upper Nirar 47 mm, Lower Nirar 32, Sholayar 22, Parambikulam 13, Aliyar 2, Thoonakadavu 11, Peruvaripallam 14, Valparai 14, Upper Aliyar 3, Kadamparai 2, Manacadavu 12, Sircarpathy 6 and Pollachi 1 mm. Siruvani dam and foothills recorded 34 mm and 20 mm rainfall till Saturday, officials said.
Storage in various reservoirs is as follows: Sholayar 6 ft (160 ft), Parambikulam 19.68 (70), Aliyar 86.85 (120), Thirumurthy 21.34 (60) and Amaravathy 34.47 ft (90 ft).
Minister for Public Works Department Duraimurugan on Saturday inaugurated the renovated Project House of the Upper Nirar dam, near Valparai. The dam comes under the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP). Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy attended. Roofs, floor have been replaced besides improving water supply and electrical wiring.