Water level rising in Idukki Dam , On verge to be opened

Published on: 20 Sep, 2013
Published under: Idukki District News

20 September 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

All power generators below the penstock tunnels leading from Kerala’s largest hydel reservoir in Idukki are working round the clock in what appears to be a losing battle to prevent the opening of the dam shutters.

“The water level is inching towards the full reservoir mark,” K.K. Karuppankutty, Chief Engineer, Dam Safety, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), told here on Thursday.

“The water level has now reached 2,400.23 ft and it is going up by 0.02 ft every hour. The full reservoir level is 2,403 ft, but we will start opening the shutters when the water level goes above 2,402.5 ft. If the inflow into the reservoir continues at the present rate, in about 113 hours from now, we may have to open the shutters,” Mr. Karuppankutty said around 4 p.m.

The catchments of the reservoir have been receiving good rain since September 12, and the meteorological indications on Thursday were in favour of continued rain in the High Ranges of the State for at least three more days, which will mean heavy inflow into the reservoir for at least five or six days.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com

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