Mettur Dam will be opened for Cauvery delta irrigation on June 12: CM

The Mettur Dam will be opened for Cauvery delta irrigation on the customary day June 12, the Chief Minister M.K Stalin has announced.

The Chief Minister held a meeting with the ministers of water resources, agriculture and the secretaries of the concerned departments.

The decision to open the dam for irrigation was made after taking into account the dam’s water level, storage position and the requirement of the farmers in the delta districts..

The Mettur Dam currently holds 61.43 TMC of water as against its full storage of 93.5 tmc and the water level stands at 97.13 feet as against its full height of 120 feet.

Considering the current storage position and the prospects for South West monsoon, the decision to open the dam was made, according to an official communication.

The water will help irrigate 5.21 lakh acres of land Trichy, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur, Perambalur and Pudukkottai.

The canals in the Cauvery delta system are being desilted at a cost of Rs.65.11 crore in order to ensure that the water will reach the tail end.

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