Water level in Periyar won't rise unless under heavy rainfall, says collector

Ernakulam Collector Jafer Malik IAS

Ernakulam: As the spillway shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam has been opened, District Collector Jafar Malik IAS has stated that the excess water flowing from Mullaperiyar dam will cause only a nominal change in the water level of the Idukki Dam.

The Idukki District Collector has given permission to release up to 100 cumecs water from Idukki dam to Periyar after 4 pm or from tomorrow morning. This amount of water will not significantly affect the water level in the Periyar. However, the Ernakulam Collector has ordered to be alert along the Periyar coast.

There is no need to worry about the water level of Idamalayar Dam in Ernakulam district. The water level is below the expected level. The water level in the Periyar Basin from Bhoothathankettu to Malayattoor, Kalady, Aluva and Eloor is expected to change only if it rains heavily.

Ernakulam Collector Jafer Malik IAS
Ernakulam Collector Jafar Malik IAS, Mullaperiyar dam

The district administration is making all preparations to face any changes. The Collector said that all arrangements are in place to issue alerts for the public in a timely manner and urged the people to follow the notifications of the authorities.

At present, two shutters of the Mullaperiyar Dam was raised by 35 cm each. 534 cusecs (15 cumecs) of water is discharged through this.

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