Water Level in Arch Dam Dips

Published: 12th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2014 08:57 AM   |  A+A-

IDUKKI: Even as rains have been creating havoc in different parts of the state, the largest arch dam of Asia here has received insufficient rainfall and the water level is just 51 per cent of its total capacity as on Monday.

The dam having a collection area of 60 square kilometres holds water with the help of the three dams of Idukki, Cheruthony and Kulamavu.Last year on the same day, the dam had an excess of 40 feet water at 2,397 feet against 2,356 feet recorded on Monday.

The dam was inching toward the full level mark of 2,403 which was short by six feet last year.With the monsoon in its final phase, the power managers are worried over the discouraging storage in the dam.

With the weather report about the monsoon on its way out, hopes of the dam touching the desired mark have been shattered, an official said.Last year,  failure of the North East monsoon led to depletion of water level in the dam.The power managers are hoping that the North East Monsoon would bring an encouraging inflow to the reservoir at least this time.  

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