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Siruvani level rises as rain continues

Special Correspondent

No high hopes of surplus this time

COIMBATORE: June is as good as over and the South West Monsoon is yet to set in over Coimbatore. But there is good news from Siruvani Dam just across the border, about 42 km west of the city: in just over a week, water level in the dam has risen by more than three feet.

Officials in Coimbatore Corporation said on Wednesday that the water level stood at 32.01 ft against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 67.65 ft.

Yet to reach halfway mark

On June 21, it was 29 ft. With rain continuing in the catchment the level was increasing though not as rapidly as it did last year, officials pointed out. Heavy rain last year had taken the storage close to the 40 ft mark in June-end. This year, it was yet reach the halfway mark.

There was 28 mm rain at the dam on Wednesday. Throughout last week, there were reports of 35 mm to 50 mm rain and this had contributed to the rise in the level. Normally, the monsoon lasted till the end of September. It weakened around the second or third week during that month. By that time last year water overflowed twice.

This time, however, there were no high hopes of a surplus. But water managers in the city and suburbs fervently prayed for enough rain to raise the storage to the FRL.

Officials said monsoon should turn vigorous over the catchment if substantial gains were to be made, especially to compensate for the delay in the monsoon setting in. Last year, the dam recorded 650 mm between the last week of May and the second week of June. This time it hovered around 400 mm. Only in the last one week, rain had been encouraging. Though not being openly admitted, this was not good news for a city where more Siruvani water was demanded by the day and this was met out of a meagre resource.

No crisis

Water managers said the present alternate day supply would ensure there would be no crisis. Besides, in case of shortage, Pilloor water could be diverted. Both indicated that the civic body was not complacent even as it hoped the monsoon would intensify soon.

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