The water level in various reservoirs in the district has fallen considerably with the day temperature remaining high from early March.
The water level in all the reservoirs is far below the level recorded during the same period of the previous year, raising concern of a power crisis and shortage of drinking water supply. The Idukki reservoir, which contributes over 45 per cent of the electricity produced in the State, had a water level of 2,340.2 ft on Wednesday (2,359.36 ft on the same day last year). In 2014, the water level was 2,352.98 ft.
"It is only 37.61 percentage of its total capacity," said a senior official at the Dam Monitoring and Research Station, Vazhathoppe. Power generation on Wednesday was at a high of 9.1 m.u. The evaporation level increases as the mercury rises, he added.
The water level at the Mullaperiyar dam, which supplies water to five districts of Tamil Nadu, was at a low of 111.3 ft.
Sources at the Tamil Nadu Public Works Department said the discharge of water was 256 cft.
It is released only to meet the drinking water needs and if the summer rain fails, it could aggravate the situation. An official of the Periyar Tiger Reserve at the boat-landing station, Thekkady, said that if the water level fell further the boat-landing station would be shifted soon.
The inflow of water into the Ponmudi dam has also fallen affecting power generation at the Panniyar power station. Now it is solely depending on the water from Anayirangal dam for power generation. At Panniyar, two generators produce 16.2 MW of power. At the Neryamangalam power station, electricity is produced from the discharged water from Panniyar and the Chenkulam hydroelectric project reaching the Kallarkutty dam.
Three generators produce 18 MW each and another generator, 25 MW. KSEB sources said the power generation in these projects is at a nominal now.
At the Mattupetty dam in Munnar, the water level is at 1,592 ft. It is 12 ft below the water level recorded on the same day last year.
Source- The Hindu