The water will be released in turns to ensure even distribution through the Cauvery and Vennar Rivers and the Grand Anicut Canal during the current season, a press release said
Here water was released from the Grand Anicut for irrigation in the Cauvery Delta region on Wednesday. Water released from the Mettur Dam on June 12 reached here on Tuesday evening.
The water is released alternately to ensure even distribution through the Cauvery and Vennar Rivers and the Grand Anicut Canal during the current season.
An official press release stated that efforts would be made to ensure the equitable distribution of water for irrigation through the three waterways, depending on the storage in Mettur, the inflow, the expected rainfall during the southwest monsoon and the realization of the legitimate share of Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery River.
Depending on the situation and availability of the reservoirs in Mettur, water would also be released alternately from the Grand Anicut for irrigation, he added.
At the beginning, from June 16, 500 Cusec water from the Grand Anicut near Thogur on the Thanjavur-Tiruchi district border was discharged for irrigation into the three waterways and another 500 Cusec into the Coleroon River.
A total of 2.94 lakh acres in Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Mayiladuthurai districts would benefit from the water released from Grand Anicut for growing the Kuruvai crop, the publication added.
Minister of State KN Nehru, MRK Panneerselvam, S. Reghupathy, Ma. Subramanian, SS Sivasankar, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi and Siva V. Meyyanathan, Government Whip, Covi. Chezhian, Thanjavur Collector, Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, Tiruchi Collector, S. Sivarasu and others participated in the water release function in Grand Anicut.