Power generation has begun at powerhouses I and II in Valparai after the water level at the Sholyar dam reached 102 feet, thanks to the timely arrival of the southwest monsoon. On Saturday, 5.4 lakh units of power were generated at powerhouse I, located near Manampalli check post, after the officials of Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) discharged 266.5 cusecs of water from Sholyar dam to Parambikulam dam.
Similarly 3.84 lakh units of power was generated at powerhouse II while discharging 441.9 cusecs of water from Tamil Nadu Sholyar dam to Sholyar dam, in Kerala. The power generated from the powerhouses are directly attached to the Tamil Nadu feeder.
Powerhouse II has a power generation capacity of nearly 25 mega watts, which will be achieved only when the dam reaches its full capacity of 160 feet, a senior PAP official said.
He hoped that the water level at Sholyar dam will reach its full capacity with in ten days if the rain fall would continue then it will discharged to Sarkarpathy, Aliyar and Tirumurthy dam for irrigation through Parambikulam dam.