Water level in Idukki dam on the rise; shutters need not be opened, says KSEB
Idukki: The water level in Idukki dam rose to 80 percent of its maximum storage capacity. The water level rose by 6 feet within 10 days. This is five feet more than the water level marked in the dam at the same time in previous year.
The present water level is at 2379 feet in the dam. If the water level increased by 14 feet and reached 2394 feet, the dam need to be opened according to the new rule curve. Upto 15 millimetre rain was received in the catchment area and the flow of water to the dam also increased.
However, power production in Moolamattam power house is low. Only 2.37 million units of electricity is produced in the power house. The total consumption of power in the state rose to 64.37 million units. The water in Idukki dam is stored purchasing 42.6 million units of power.
Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) assumes that even if the water flow continued in the present rate, the dam need not be opened. However, the dam is likely to reach its capacity if extremely heavy rainfall continues. KSEB has decided to stop power production in Moolamattam when water level surpasses 85 percent of the dam’s capacity.