KSEB urges to reduce water released from Idukki dam citing loss of Rs 10 cr per day

P Suresh Babu

Mankulam: As the water level in Idukki dam increased following the rainfall on Wednesday night, the expert committee appointed by the government has decided to continue releasing water from the dam despite KSEB's request to reduce it.

According to the data on Thursday, the water level was recorded at 2398.16 feet. Earlier, the water level was marked at 2398.04 feet. As the state didn't receive heavy rainfall as per IMD alert, people and authorities are relieved.

A decision on closing the dam shutters will be taken only after considering the rainfall on Friday. One lakh litre of water is being released through three shutters of Idukki dam per second. Because of this, KSEB has been incurring a loss of Rs 10 crore per day.

The KSEB claimed that they can produce electricity worth Rs 10 cr from the released water. KSEB also urged the Dam Safety Authority to reduce the quantity of water released from the dam as the IMD forecast on heavy rainfall was inaccurate.

The current rule curve of the Idukki dam is 2399.3 feet. At present, the water level of the dam is marked one foot below the rule curve. So, the KSEB requested to reduce the water released from the dam as the concerns are relieved. But the expert committee convened a meeting on Thursday and decided not to reduce it.

Idukki dam and premises received low rainfall during the daytime on Wednesday. Hence, the water level decreased to 2398 feet. As the area received 37.8 mm rainfall during the night, the dam received water for generating 29.79 million units of power. With this, the water level touched 2398.16 feet.

Power production was increased maximum on Thursday. The officials informed that all six generators will be operated from Friday onwards. Also, the shutters of the dam are likely to be closed if there is no rainfall.

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