Level up in dams, thanks to widespread rain in Theni

Widespread rains in Theni district, have, no doubt, resulted in steady rise in dam levels.

However, in the neighbouring Dindigul district, not only farmers but even residents are keeping their fingers crossed as water level in dams, particularly Athoor dam, is at a new low that drinking water distribution may become a major issue.

Many pockets in Dindigul are already getting water once in a fortnight and some places received water once in three weeks.

When
The Hindu
spoke to some of the farmers in Cumbum, Uthamapalayam and surrounding pockets, they expressed happiness as the dams were getting steady inflow. Apart from paddy, which is the major crop, farmers are also growing sugarcane and maize in this water-rich belt.

After the monsoon set in at the end of May, the district had been witnessing steady and widespread rains. Wells were recharged well, owing to rains last month, said farmers.

Agriculture department officials said that cultivable area in the district would increase at least by 10% in the ensuing season. The PWD engineers said that on Wednesday, the combined Periyar credit was close to 5000 mcft. Thus, in the present trend, the rains may continue in the catchment area steadily, which would facilitate release of water for irrigation and for drinking purposes to Theni and Madurai respectively.

While the Vaigai dam has close to 49 feet of water, Sothuparai dam had 123 ft, thus sending a strong signal to the ryots to go ahead with farming activity.

However, the story is different in the neighbouring Dindigul district.

Except for a little storage in Palar Porunthalar and Varadamanadhi dams, water level is at rock bottom position in Athoor dam.

According to the officials in the PWD and Dindigul Corporation, they have been finding it extremely difficult to make both ends meet due to poor storage levels.

While officials maintained that they have alternative schemes in place for distribution of potable water, residents said that they were only getting stock reply from the civic authorities that water would be given once in 15 days.

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