Mettur dam is the largest dam in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the Stanley Reservoir and is located in Mettur, a small town in Salem district, Tamil Nadu. The Mettur dam is constructed across the river Cauvery which is the longest river in Tamil Nadu. Mettur Dam receives inflows from Kabini Dam and Krishna Raja Sagara Dams located in Karnataka. The Dam provides irrigation and drinking water facilities for more than 12 districts of Tamilnadu. Here you can check the Mettur Dam Water Level Today Live Status, Mettur Dam Level History details, Controversy, Latest updates and more.
ollowing substantial inflow into the Mettur Dam, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday announced that the government would open the sluice gates of the dam in Salem district on Tuesday.
On 13 August 2019, the release of water from Mettur was filled approximately 700 ponds and tanks in the Cauvery delta region. A lifeline to farmers in the delta region, water released from the Mettur reservoir helps them to irrigate the long term crop of ‘samba’. The storage level in the Mettur dam stood at 103 feet as against its full capacity of 120 feet and the capacity stood at 69 TMC ft. The inflow of Mettur dam is expected to increase for the next couple of days as the water is released from Kabini in Karnataka.
Mettur Dam Water Level Today Live Status
Mettur Dam Water Level Today in Feet: 103.80/120 Feet [13 August 2019]
Mettur Dam Inflow Water Level in Cusescs: 230000 Cusecs
Mettur Dam Outflow Water Level in Cusecs: 5000 Cusecs
Available Water Capacity in T.M.C: 69.80/93.47 T.M.C
Water Level: Increasing
History of Mettur Dam
Mettur Dam had a long history from the year 1834 to the year 1934. The construction work began in 1925 and the entire work was completed in 1934. The dam was opened by the Governor of Madras, Sir George Stanley. The total length of the dam is 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) with the maximum level of 120 ft (37 m) and the aggregate Mettur Dam capacity is more than 93,470,000,000 cubic feet (93.47 Tmcft). Near the dam, there is a large power generation constructed named Mettur Hydro-Electrical Power House. There is also a recreation center under Mettur Dam called Ellis Park maintained by Tamil Nadu Public Works Department. Most of the water requirements for irrigation in Tamil Nadu is provided by the Mettur Dam. The dam, the park, the major hydroelectric power stations and hills on surroundings make Mettur a tourist attraction.
The river originates in Kodagu district’s Talacauvery in Karnataka and flows through the tributaries like Harangi, Hemavati, Kabini, Bhavani, Arkavathy, Lakshmana Tirtha, Noyyal and Arkavati. Cauvery flows through Haasan, Mandya, and Mysuru districts before entering Krishnagiri, Erode, Karur, Trichy, Pudukottai, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and other districts in Tamil Nadu. Cauvery river and its tributaries also flow through Kerala and Puducherry.
The river’s basin covers three main states and a Union Territory as follows,
- Tamil Nadu, 43,856 square kilometres (16,933 sq mi)
- Karnataka, 34,273 square kilometres (13,233 sq mi)
- Kerala, 2,866 square kilometres (1,107 sq mi)
- Puducherry, 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi)
METTUR DAM DETAILS
Mettur Dam Construction Started On: 20.07.1925
Mettur Dam Construction Completed On: 21.08.1934
Cost of Construction: Rs. 4.80 Crore
Mettur Dam Total Capacity: 93.50 TMC (93.4 billion ft³ (2.64 km³) 2,146,071 acre ft)
Mettur Dam Total Height: 214 feet (65 m)
Mettur Dam Total Length: 1,700 metres (5,600 ft)
Mettur Dam Total Width: 174 feet
Mettur Dam Storage Height: 120 feet
Mettur is an industrial and tourist place located in Salem district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is mainly known for its huge dam, power generation, chemical manufacturing, and aluminium production.
It is also one of the sources of electricity for Tamil Nadu. It has thermal and hydroelectric power stations.
- Mettur Dam Pincode is 636401
- Mettur Dam STD code is 04298
Mettur Dam Controversy
The Cauvery water dispute started in the year 1892, between the government of Madras (under the British Raj) and Mysore when they had to come to terms with dividing the river water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
According to the 1892 and the 1924 agreements the cauvery river water is distributed as follows:
- 75 percent with Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
- 23 percent to Karnataka
- remaining to go to Kerala
In 2007, the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) gave out their final award. Karnataka protested the tribunal award and observed a state-wide bandh. The judgement divided the water supply as follows:
- Tamil Nadu: 419 TMC (which had demanded 512 TMC),
- Karnataka: 270 TMC (which had demanded 465 TMC),
- Kerala: 30 TMC, and
- Pondicherry: 7 TMC
On 19 February 2013, the Supreme Court notified the final Cauvery tribunal verdict. The government then mandated to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) with the gazette notification of the final award of the Tribunal.
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