The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has opened one of the five shutters of Idukki reservoir on Thursday as the water level touched to 2398.88 meter following heavy rain that experienced in the catchment areas during the past 24 hours.
As a trial run, the middle shutter had opened 50 cm, at 1230 hours, releasing of 50000 litter of water in per second, Disaster Management sources said here.
The district administration had taken all measures and even set up relief camps to shift the people, who living on both banks of the tributaries, through which the water flow.
The water will flow through Cheruthoni, Lower Periyar, Boothathankettu, Idamalyar and then finally reach the Arabian sea.
Kerala Electricity Minister M M Mani and District administration officials were present to witness opening of the shutter after 26 years, the third time in the history of the reservoir.
Earlier, it was during 1981 and 1992 the shutters of the reservoir opened following rising up of water level, beyond the storing capacity, the sources said.
The shutter will open for four hours during the trial run, the sources added.
Currently the water level in the reservoir stood at 2398.88 meter, which forced the officials to release the water.Prior to that the shutters of Idamalayar and Bhoothankettu reservoirs were also opened.
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