CUDDALORE: Farmers in the district are upbeat since the Veeranam lake will receive ample water supply from the Keezhanai channel within a few days as the outflow from Mettur dam remains rising.
The Veeranam lake, spread across 5,000 acres, was built during the Chola period and is the major irrigation source for farmers from Kattumanarkovil, Sethiyathope and Annakarai. The lake also provides water to Chennai city.
In the delta region, with a total of five blocks-- Bhuvanagiri, Kumaratchi, Parangipettai, Keerapalayam and Kattumanarkovil-- where paddy is cultivated in around 55,000 hectares, farmers hugely rely on Cauvery water for irrigation.A senior Public Works Department official involved in the monitoring of Veeranam lake said, “The water outflow capacity of Mettur has increased this year.
60,000 cusecs is being released from the dam as the inflow has been very high in recent days due to heavy rains in the catchment areas of Karnataka. The outflow has already crossed the Kalannai and in the next two days, it will reach the Keezhanai water channel. It would take two weeks for the Veeranam to fill up.” The PWD is presently supervising the desilting and cleaning of water tanks and also the channels for about 20 kilometres along the lake.
Huge dependance on Cauvery
In the delta region, with a total of five blocks – Bhuvanagiri, Kumaratchi, Parangipettai, Keerapalayam and Kattumanarkovil– where paddy is cultivated in around 55,000 hectares, farmers hugely rely on Cauvery water for irrigation