After remaining parched for a long period, Bhavanisagar reservoir is witnessing a significant increase in water level for the last five days due to the continuing heavy rain in its catchment areas. The rise in water level has made hundreds of farmers in Erode, Tirupur and Karur districts happy.
According to PWD sources, the water level rose to 62 feet in five days from 49 feet that was measured during the beginning of south west monsoon. The dam, the lifeline of farmers in the region who mainly cultivate rice, sugarcane, turmeric, ragi and coconut, has been witnessing copious inflow since June 1 following good rainfall in its catchment area.
The water level is likely to increase further in the coming days as there is continuous rain in the catchment areas in Upper Bhavani, Attappady, Silent Valley and Vellingiri Hills. Opening of shutters of Pillur dam on the upper reaches in Bhavani river also contributed to the heavy flow. According to officials, 7,846 cubic metres of water is now being reaching the dam per second. While the flow in the river below the dam at present is 600 cubic metres per second. Its canals carry five cubic metres of water per second. The maximum water level in the dam is 105 feet.
"The dam is the primary water source for more than 2.5 lakh acres in Erode, Karur and Tirupur districts. Water level in the dam is increasing after two failed monsoons. The existing storage in the dam was utilised for old ayacuts of Bhavani river - Kalingarayan, Thadapalli and Arakkankottai. If there is more water, the whole region getting would get enough water for agriculture,'' said Lower Bhavani Farmers' Association leader C Nallasamy.
According to him, farmers in the Lower Bhavani Project ayacut, which has more than 2 lakh acres, were not given water for irrigation this year as the dam had very little water. "We will claim our due share as there is enough flow into the reservoir,'' he said.
Source : Times of India