Idukki dam not to be opened; Govt to take final decision
Cheruthoni: It has been assessed by the Dam Safety and Research Engineering wing that the Idukki Dam need to be opened only after the water level reaches 2400 feet. The government should take a final decision in this regard.
The water level is 2395.80 feet till Wednesday morning 6 am. The officials expect that it will take days for the water level to reach 2400 feet in the present state. The authorities said that the dam need not be opened in this situation.
A team of officials comprising of Executive Engineer V. S. Balu and Assistant Executive Engineer M. T. Sreekumar headed by Deputy Chief Engineer Baburaj inspected the dam. The team arrived by 2.30 pm and continued inspection in the arch dam and Cheruthoni dam till 6.30 pm.
They examined the seepage water (the quantity of fluid that seeped through the walls of dam) in the galleries of both the dams. After this, they reached the conclusion that a shutter of Cheruthoni dam need to be opened only after water level reaches 2400 feet.
The rainfall in the catchment areas is irregular. There is a wider area that is yet to be filled. As per the present rate of water flow, it will take two days for the water level to increase by one feet.
Since the power production in Moolamattam power house has been increased, the water level increase has slowed down. The water level was 2395.6 feet on Tuesday night. It increased by only 0.02 feet in one hour.
On Monday, 15.096 million units of power was produced in Moolamattam power house. 36.6 mm rain was gauged in the catchment areas. The water sufficient to produce 32.792 million units of electricity was received in the dam.