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Water level in dams is drying up without adequate water

Water level in dams is drying up without adequate water

Bhavanisagar dam is drying up without water causing fear among farmers. As more water is released for irrigation than the inflow to the dam, the water level of the dam is decreasing.    

  Bhavanisagar Dam is the main source of drinking water for the people of Erode district. The main catchment area of ​​the Dam, which has a capacity of 105 feet, is the Nilgiri Hills. 2.50 lakh acres in Erode, Tirupur, Karur districts get water through Bhavanisagar Dam. 

However, due to lack of rainfall in the catchment area of ​​the Nilgiris for the past few months, the water flow to the dam is decreasing. As of yesterday morning, the water level of the dam has dropped to 46.41 feet. 

 Water flow to the dam comes below 50 cubic feet for the past 2 months. 5 cubic feet of water has been released for irrigation in the Kilbhavani Canal. Water opened for Kalingarayan canal irrigation, Thadappalli-Arakankottai  irrigation has been stopped. Currently, only 200 cubic feet of water is being released into Bhavani river for drinking water. 

 Similarly, the water level of Gunderipallam dam, which has a capacity of 41.75 feet, has decreased to 28.46 feet as of this morning. The water level of Varatupallam dam is 22.01 feet as of this morning as against its capacity of 33 ft. At the same time, Perumpallam dam with a capacity of 30.84 feet has completely dried up without any water supply for the past few days. 

  Farmers are worried as the water level in the dams continues to decrease in Erode district. Due to this there is a risk of drinking water shortage. Bhavanisagar dam became dry in 1995.  It has  dried up again now.