A red alert along the banks of Cauvery has been given by the State government as over 1.2 lakh cusecs of water is being let in to the river from KR Sagar and Kabini dams which is expected to reach Mettur dam tomorrow. Through public address systems local bodies have advised people to move to safer places. NRDF teams and ex- servicemen have been alerted for rescue and rehabilitation of the victims. Shelters were also being erected wherever necessary for the victims. Heavy police deployment along the river banks has also been ordered.
As heavy rains are continuing areas the water discharge from Karnataka may increase. Tamil Nadu Government was also thinking of releasing water from Mettur on August 15 for samba crop the main paddy cultivation season. PWD officials held high level discussions yesterday on this score. Farmers have started preparing the field for raising seedlings and procuring other inputs as they are hopeful of getting water early in view of the current situation. Sixty TMC water will be required fro sambha cultivation.
Mettur level yesterday stood 53.98 feet with 5000 cusecs inflow and 1000cusecs outflow for drinking water purposes. The Mettur level is expected raise steeply once 1.2 lakh cusecs of water let in by Karnataka reaches Mettur dam. Following the red alert boat cruising in Hogenekal has been halted.Police have been posted to keep vigil. As per yesterday morning situation KR Sagar dam level stood at 91 feet against its full level of 124.80 feet and the dam having oan inflow of 32 cusecs. Outlfow as kept at 4000 cusecs. So also Kabini dam has 2284 feet of water and the dam was receiving 90,000 cusecs of water. As the dam has become full all the 90000 cusecs of water was being let into Cauvery.
Billur, Bhavani dams brimming: Bhavani river, the main water source for Erode has been receiving heavy inflow due to widespread and continuous river in catchment areas in Nilgris region. As a result Billur dam level in Coimbatore has risen to 98 feet against its 100 feet capacity. For safety of the Billur dam 40000 cusecs of water is being released into Bhavani dam which has now 74feet of water .