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Jul 16, 2009

Rain brings Hope !!


Heavy downpour in the hilly terrain in Western Ghats has helped improve storage in catchments of the various reservoirs under the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP).With the rain setting in, the storage in the PAP reservoirs have started improving, reviving hopes of the PWD officials as well as the farmers living in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and even in Karur districts.

The water level in Sholayar stood at 121.75 ft as against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 160 ft. The dam witnessed an inflow of 5,342 cusecs while the discharge from the reservoir stood at 1098 cusecs and the rainfall in the reservoir stood at 80 mm (for 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday).

Parambikulam reservoir with an FRL of 72 ft had a storage of 27.17 ft and the inflow into the reservoir stood at 736 cusecs and the rainfall was 62 mm.

Aliyar

The Aliyar reservoir had a storage of 90 ft as against the FRL of 120 ft and the inflow stood at 1004 cusecs while the discharge stood at 114 cusecs and the rainfall was 7 mm.

Thirumurthy reservoir stood at 19.33 ft as against the FRL of 60 ft. Inflow remained at two cusecs while outflow was 16 cusecs. Amaravathy reservoir had storage of 54.15 ft as against the FRL of 90 ft. The inflow into the reservoir stood at 2338 cusecs and discharge stood at 312 cusecs.

Officials said that once Sholayar gets filled up, the surplus water through the saddle sluice would reach Parambikulam and on filling up that reservoir it would reach Thirumurthy reservoir.

With the inflow from the tributaries and rainfall in the catchments continuing, the authorities expect the storage position to improve further in the next 15 to 20 days.

The rainfall figures at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday are as follows: Upper Nirar 100 mm, Lower Nirar 48 mm, Valparai 75 mm, Pollachi 14 mm, Manacadavu 10 mm, Thoonakadavu 82 mm, Peruvaripallam 99 mm, Upper Aliyar 4 mm, Kadamparai 12 mm and Sircarpathy 27 mm. With reports of monsoon getting intensified and rainfall turning vigorous, the farmers are confident of further improvement in storage over the next fortnight.

In Coimbatore, Siruvani reservoir that caters to the drinking water needs of a part of the city and a number of wayside local bodies, the storage as on Wednesday stood at 872.90 as against the FRL of 878.5 ft. Rainfall at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday was reported at 120 mm in catchments and 70 mm at the foothills.

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