Water level drops; Idukki dam shutters remain open

Cheruthoni: As the rain and flow of water in the catchment areas decreased, the water level in Idukki dam has come down at a considerable rate. There was a drop of 1.4 feet in the water level within one hour.

The water in the dam is reduced with the water released through the shutters is in larger quantity than the water flowing into the reservoir and also the power production in Moolamattam power house is in full swing. The water level in the dam was at 2397.78 feet on Monday at 7.30 in the morning.

All the five shutters of Cheruthoni dam remain open. First and fifth shutters were raised to one metre each and second, third and fourth shutters were to 1.8 metres each. 7.5 lakh litre water is released per second through them whereas 6.81 lakh litre water per second is flowing into the dam.

The final decision on closing of the dam shutters will be taken after observing the rain and water flow. First and fifth shutters will be closed if the water flow reduces significantly. The five generators of Moolamattam power house are being operated at maximum capacity.

14.938 million units of electricity was produced on Saturday. 116 lakh litre water is carried per second for this purpose. Though the sky clears up now and then, heavy rain is lashing frequently. There was downpour in Cheruthoni on Sunday evening also.

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