For the third successive year, the sluice
dates of the Mettur Dam (Stanley Reservoir) was opened on the
scheduled date of June 12 today for irrigation in Cauvery delta
region of the State.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin released the water from the
dam for Cauvery Delta irrigation in the presence of Salem District
Collector S. Karmegam and Ministers Duraimurugan, KN Nehru
and MRK Pannerselvam by showering flower petals.
About 17.37 lakh acres of agricultural lands in 12 districts–Salem,
Namakkal, Erode, Karur, Tiruchy, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur,
Pudukottai, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore, and Nagapattinam–will get
irrigation facilities through water released from the Mettur Dam.
Earlier, Mr Stalin inspected the desilting works in the Cauvery
delta region to ensure that the water released from the dam
reached the tailend areas for the benefit of farmers.