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Stalin releases water from Mettur dam in TN

- May 24, 2022

Chennai, May 24 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Tuesday opened the sluices of the Stanley reservoir at Mettur in Salem.  The water is released for kuruvai crops in delta districts and initially, 3000 cusecs of water were released. Tamil Nadu water resources minister and senior DMK leader, S. Duraimurugan was also present when the Chief Minister opened the sluices on Tuesday morning. It may be noted that generally the dam is opened on June 12 and after heavy rains in Karnataka for the past few days, there was good inflow in the river Cauvery.

The officials in charge of the Mettur dam told media persons that by the evening of Tuesday the flow of water will be increased to 10,000 cusecs. The officials said that the quantum of water will be increased in the coming days based on the requirement of delta districts.

Stalin said that around four lakh acres of fertile land in the delta districts would be benefited and that it is for the first time that the water is released from the dam in May.

Tamil Nadu water resources minister, S. Duraimurugan also said that the early release of water from Mettur dam will not just allow farmers to go for Kuruvai crops (short-term crops) but also allow them to prepare for samba (long term crop).