Idukki: The Idukki Dam was last opened during the floods of 2018. That was history. After 26 years, people were waiting to see the shutters of Idukki slowly open. Camera eyes captured historical moments. The shutters of the Idukki Dam will be reopened tomorrow in three years.
The Idukki Hydroelectric Project was inaugurated in 1976 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In a sense, Idukki is the light of Kerala. The Idukki Dam is built in the middle of the Periyar connecting the Kuravan-Kurathi hills. The height of the dam is about 552 feet.
WJ Jhon, the Malankara Estate Superintendent in the 1920s, and Colomban, a tribal elder, were instrumental in the construction of the dam. Later, Columban died, but a statue of Columbus was erected near the dam in his honor. Idukki Dam is a dam that has been opened only a few times after its construction.
Idukki was first opened in October 1981, then in 1992 and then in 2018. In 2018, when it last opened, it became big news. Currently, the dam has an orange alert. The water reached 2397 feet near the maximum storage capacity of the dam and was no longer open. The maximum storage capacity is 2398.
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When the dam opens, the first source of water will be Cheruthonipuzha. Water may enter the area known as Thodu-Puzha Puliyan Mala Chapath. Thus Vannel KK Road and Idukki Kattappana roads will be blocked.
The water will eventually reach Aluvappuzha and join the Arabian Sea. The opening time of the shutters can be calculated by calculating the opening length of the shutters and the opening time.