TNPSC Thervupettagam

Mettur dam water release 2024

June 15 , 2024 34 days 340 0
  • The opening of the Mettur dam in Salem, for irrigation in the Cauvery delta, missed its customary date of June 12 this year.
  • This is the first time in five years the date has been missed.
  • 13.97 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) only available against its full capacity of 93.47 tmc ft, as the reason the dam was not opened this year.
  • The water level stands at 43.52 feet against its full capacity of 120 feet.
  • Inflow to the dam was 404 cubic feet per second (cusecs) while the discharge was kept at 1,500 cusecs.
  • Normally, the release from Mettur for irrigation takes care of 3.24 lakh acres during the short-term cultivation season kuruvai. 
  • But, in the past five years, the coverage has hovered between 2.9 lakh acres during 2019-20 to 5.6 lakh acres.

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