Natives concerned as water level at Chimmini dam continues to rise
Thrissur: As heavy rains continued to lash across the state, the water level in Chimmini dam has exceeded the highest water level recorded last year. Compared to last year, 40 MCM water is stored in the dam on Monday. However, the dam authority asserted that there is no need to worry about the water level.
On Friday, water level in the dam was recorded at 63.46 metres. Water flow recorded 67.85 MCM per day and it is 44.8 percent of the total capacity of the dam. At present, water stored in the dam is below 3.5 metre from the needed water level.
The dam can carry water to a level of 59.64 meters which means a storage capacity of 49.4 million cubic metres of water.
Every day, 0.55 MCM water is used for the production of power. The officials reported that Chimmini dam can carry maximum water even during heavy rains. It is learned that the rainfall in the catchment area is very low. The maximum storage capacity of the dam is 79.4 metres. According to the dam safety authority, maximum 76.4 metre water can be stored in the dam.
Tourists flock to Chimmini dam
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, flow of tourists to the dam and its nearby forest range is raising serious concerns about the spread of the disease. The natives are worried that most of the tourists are arriving here without taking any preventive measures.
Though entry of tourists is banned in the dam, people are arriving here through the forest paths by challenging the restrictions. The natives complained that they often see tourists near the rivers at Palappilly and Valiyakulam region.
The natives demanded that strict restrictions should be imposed over tourists in the area.
Sluice gate of Peringalkuthu dam to be opened on Tuesday
One sluice gate of Peringalkuthu dam will be opened on Tuesday as the water flow to the dam increased following heavy rains in hilly regions. Hence, water level in Chalakudy river is expected to rise by one metre.
On Monday, water level at Peringalkuthu dam was at 420.15 metres. Spillway shutters were opened as the water level touched 419.40 metres the other day.
Around 600 million litres of water will flow to the river once the sluis gate of the dam is opened.