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CHENNAI: Once again it has been proved that during the flood years, Mettur reservoir gets more than the quantity prescribed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its interim award, that too by October.
Against the interim award of 204 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) for the irrigation year (June 1 to May 31), the reservoir realised 286 tmcft till October 31 this year. This is the fourth time since the award was announced in 1991 that the reservoir received more than 204 tmcft by October and the second time it recorded the heaviest quantity after 1994-95.
All the three previous years had been declared as flood years by the tribunal while arriving at a distress formula, according to officials here.
This is the second time since the interim award that the reservoir recorded more than 100 tmcft in October against the prescribed quantity of 30.170 tmcft by the tribunal. Realisation in the last month was 105.7 tmcft, while it was 114.221 tmcft in 2000-01.
The reservoir received more than the prescribed quantity in all the previous years except during the last three years from 2002 to 2004, which were drought years.
The officials claimed that despite heavy release of water to the tune of more than two lakh cusecs from the reservoir in the last one-week, there were no reports of flooding of fields in the Cauvery delta districts. This was possible due to diversion of floodwaters into the Coleroon. As a result there were no major breaches in the delta districts. Further, about 30,000 to 40,000 cusecs required by delta farmers for their samba cultivation had been met by the Public Works Department, they said.
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