Like in the previous year, about 10,000 cusecs of water is being released from the Mettur Dam for irrigating Kuruvai paddy crop over 2.11 lakh hectares in the delta region.
Initially 3,000 cusecs of water will be released from the dam and by Saturday night it will be increased to 10,000 cusecs.
“Since delta areas in Tamil Nadu do not benefit from the Southwest monsoon, the Kuruvai crop would be totally dependent on the continuous release of water from Mettur reservoir.
Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced this after holding discussions with Minister for Water Resources Durai Murugan, Minister for Agriculture MRK Paneerselvam and senior officials
The customary date for opening Mettur to discharge water for irrigation in the delta region is June 12. However, it will be delayed if the storage position is not comfortable to sustain discharge.