It has been reported that the water from Chembarambakkam lake is going to be released by the noon of Wednesday. The lake’s depth crossed 22 feet as against the total capacity of 24 feet. Officials confirmed they would release 1,000 cusecs water at around 12 pm on Wednesday. People living in low lying areas on the banks of Adyar river have been given an alert. An official from the Public works department asked people not to worry and updated that the inflow is about 402 cubic feet per second. The water is going to be diverted into Adyar river as it has a capacity to carry 60,000 cusecs of water
“The inflow of water has been high ever since the rains began. The inflow now is about 402 cubic feet per second. It is obligatory to take action to evacuate people living in low lying areas and release water. The public need not worry as the water will be released in phases.” an official from the Public works department said.
On Tuesday, Chief minister Edappadi K Pazhaniswamy issued orders to release water from the catchment areas of Chembarambakkam as soon as the level crosses 22 feet, keeping public safety in mind. The water depth of the lake was at 21.2 feet as of the wee hours of Wednesday. The reservoir has received an inflow of 200 cusecs of water since Monday night, officials updated. However, K Phanindra Reddy, commissioner of revenue administration has made it clear that there are no chances of flooding like in 2015.
“Precautions have been taken to release the water in a phased manner so as not to cause flooding like in 2015” he said. He also explained that the water can be easily diverted to Adyar river if heavy rainfall occurs. “When there are heavy rains, the inflow into Chembarambakkam lake would be around 6,500 cusecs only and this can be easily diverted into Adyar river” he added.
“The storage level stands at 2913 mcft as against the total capacity of 3,645 mcft, which means its 79% full. It would take at least 36 hours of heavy rains to breach the 22 feet level” said an official from the Public works department, according to The new indian express.
It has been reported that the people of Adyar need not fear as the Adyar river has a capacity to carry 60,000 cusecs of water. However, people are informed about the water release from Chembarambakkam lake, as the government decided to release the water. The government has also stopped releasing Krishna water into the Chembarambakkam lake on Monday.
#நிவர்Breaking | செம்பரம்பாக்கம் ஏரி திறப்பு: அடையாறு கரையோரம் உள்ள மக்களுக்காக 169 நிவாரண மையங்கள் திறப்பு#SunNews | #NivarCycloneUpdate | #NivarUpdateWithSunNews | #ChembarambakkamLake pic.twitter.com/kBqefYK3Fc— Sun News (@sunnewstamil) November 25, 2020
Sriperumbudur and Pallipakkam are the other two sources of water for the lake. Officials are expecting that they have to release water by Wednesday night if the intensity continues. The water level of other three reservoirs including Poondi, Sholavaram and Red hills are 1786 mcft, 178 mcft, 2422 mcft.
Meanwhile the hashtag Chembarambakkam lake is trending in the Internet. “This was Chembarambakkam lake last year. It had dried up. There was no water anywhere and offices suggested wfh due to lack of water.” said a twitter user and added a video link to remind people about the past. Check out some of the reactions :
We are not sure how intense would this flooding be. But then, we are sure that one year down the line, we might be back in a drought scenario.— Hari (@Hari00493097) November 25, 2020
So much politics happens over water, yet, the common man always suffers be it floods or droughts. #Chembarambakkamlake
Waking up to this fellow #ChembarambakkamLake trending is taking me back to 2015— Ñêëłæm (@neelam410) November 25, 2020
#ChembarambakkamLake #NivarCycloneUpdate#Nivar#Nivarpuyal#நிவர் #Chennai #cuddalore #Pondicherry— Levu (@moneydhan2020) November 25, 2020
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