With the water level at the Bhavanisagar Dam approaching the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 105 feet, the flow was increased to 8,000 cusecs on Monday.
At 4:00 p.m., the inflow into the reservoir was 4,972 cusecs while the water level rose to 103.62 feet. The storage was 31.64 billion cubic feet (mtc) against a capacity of 32.80 mtc. The flow was 6500 cusecs in the Bhavani River and 1500 cusecs in the Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) canal. The discharge into the Kalingarayan Canal and Arakankottai-Thadapalli Canals was halted due to rain.
An official from the Department of Public Works said that since the inflow is expected to increase due to rain in the catchment areas, the flow has been increased to prevent flooding into the river. “Currently, the excess water is discharged from the weirs into the Bhavani River,” they added.
Since the flow would increase more with the influx, people living in low-lying areas and along the river banks were urged to move to safer places. In addition, people were warned not to enter the river or wash their clothes or livestock. The tax authorities, with the help of tam-tam, continue to issue warnings to people living along the river in the Sathyamangalam and Gobichettipalayam taluks.