Cuddalore, Apr 14:
The water level in Veeranam tank situated in Sethiathoppu in Cuddalore district has reached its full capacity of 47.50 feet.
The Veeranam tank, which partly meets the drinking water needs of Chennai residents besides irrigating agricultural land.
The tank attained full capacity after the release of 5,000cusecs of water from Kallanai dam to Lower anaicut from April 4. The water reached Lower anicut on April 8 and a portion (2,000cusecs) was diverted to Veeranam. The tank reached its full capacity on Friday. About 59cusecs of water from the tank will be reserved for the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board to meet the drinking water needs of the residents.
The full capacity of Veeranam tank is 1.435TMC (thousand million cubic feet). The tank attained its full capacity for the third time this year. The tank irrigates close to 50,000 acres in the district. Paddy is the chief crop cultivated in these regions followed by sugarcane and betel leaves. The Cauvery delta zone in the state roughly comprises 35 lakh acres of land spread in the districts of Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Trichy, Perambalur, Cuddalore and Pudukottai.
This means that the water from the lake can meet the demand of Chennai till end of June which will be the only consistent source of water supply for the city as the reservoirs near the city have dried up.
After June, the southwest monsoon on the western ghats will bring water from Cauvery to Keelanai, and from there to Vadavaru and to the Veeranam tank. Hence, the tank can be used to meet the water needs of the city even after June, said officials.
The Veeranam lake in Cuddalore district is a major water source for Chennai since the year 2004.
It was during the tenure of the then chief minister Jayalalithaa that the project was completed. Since then, 180mn litres of water from Veeranam is being supplied daily to Chennai.