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idukki dam opening: No need to open Idukki dam; Kerala revenue minister k rajan on idukki dam opening decision amid rising water level

Highlight:

  • High level meeting today
  • The situation where dams need to be opened will be assessed
  • The opposition denied the allegations

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has said that there is no need to worry about the dams being opened following the warning of heavy rains in the state. A high-level meeting chaired by the Revenue Minister will convene today to assess the opening of the dams. The meeting will assess the need to open major dams including Idukki.

Revenue Minister K Rajan has said that there is no need to open the Idukki Dam at present and action will be taken if false news is spread. The minister dismissed the opposition’s allegation that the rain warnings were delayed. According to Asianet News, the minister said the warnings were issued by the Central Meteorological Department. He said the dams would be opened only during daylight hours.

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Meanwhile, Kaki Dam has been warned to open at 11 am. The government has also issued alert to those on the banks of Pampa-Kakkad river. The shutters of Kollam Thenmala Dam will also be raised by 20 cm. The high-level meeting was held amid rising water levels in several dams in the state. Heavy rains are expected from next Wednesday.

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There are no yellow, orange or red alerts in any district of the state today and tomorrow. However, isolated showers are expected in eight districts, including Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki. Northern districts are likely to experience thundershowers and winds of up to 40 kmph. Meanwhile, the strength of the rains is expected to increase again by Wednesday. Yellow alerts were issued in 10 districts on Wednesday and in six districts on Thursday. The state has received 84 per cent of this year’s monsoon rains in the last few days.

Orange alert on Idukki dam

An orange alert was issued for the Idukki dam following heavy rains in the catchment area and rising water level in the dam. Power Minister K Krishnankutty said that an orange alert was issued for the dam after the water level rose to 2396.26 feet. The red alert is issued when the water level reaches 2398.86 feet. It has only two and a half feet left. Dam’s shutters are likely to be raised at any time once the Red Alert is declared.

According to Manorama, KSEB officials have completed preparations to raise the shutters if required. The decision to open the dam will depend on the decision of the disaster management and the state government. The power generation at the Moolamattom Power House has also been maximized to regulate the water level. Currently, the plant has five generators. Repairs to the third generator are underway.

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