Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday urged his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan to maintain storage at Siruvani Dam up to full reservoir level to meet the water needs of Coimbatore and its suburbs. In his letter to Vijayan, Stalin said that the Kerala State Irrigation Department maintains the maximum water level of the Seruvani Dam at 877.00 meters instead of the full reservoir level (FRL) at 878.50 metres, as stipulated in the agreement between the states.
Lowering the water level by 1.5 meters results in a shortage of 122.05 million cubic feet of water, which represents 19 percent of the total storage. This creates difficulties in meeting the needs of Coimbatore in the summer months. Over the past six years, the country has received water only in the range of 0.484 TMC to 1,128 TMC, as against the 1.30 TMC stipulated in the agreement. Stalin noted that Tamil Nadu has consistently asked Kerala to take steps to ensure FRL is stored and although he wrote to Vijayan in February, no steps had been taken so far to restock FRL.
“Given the water shortage that Coimbatore City is facing, I once again request your personal intervention in this matter and urge you to direct the concerned authorities to maintain the storage of Seruvani Dam up to 878.50m storage space in the future. Only this step can help us to meet the water requirements of Coimbatore City. and its environs, and said, “I am looking forward to a positive response in this regard.”
The Siruvani Dam, built across the Siruvani River, a tributary of the Bhavani River, is located in the Palakkad district of Kerala. On 1 February 2022, Stalin urged Vijayan to ensure FRL storage of 878.50 meters in Siruvani Dam and to increase the water supply from the reservoir to Tamil Nadu, to meet the level of 101.40 million liters per day (MLD).