Following the discharge of surplus water from Gunderipallam Reservoir at Gobichettipalayam block, flood alert was issued to 10 villages here on Saturday.
Heavy rains in Gundri and Kadambur hills led to the reservoir receiving copious rainfall in the early hours of Saturday as about 6,000 cusecs was discharged initially. The reservoir with a storage capacity of 1.08 tmc attained its full level of 42 feet by 3 a.m. and the inflow was discharged fully.
Over the day, the inflow dropped to 3,000 cusecs as the outflow was 2,500 cusecs in the evening.
This resulted in Public Works Department officials issuing warning to people in Kongarpalayam, Vinobanagar, Vaniputhur, Kavundampalayam, Arasankottai and other villages in the area.
The length of the earthen reservoir is 722 metre and its water spread area is 56.2 hectare with catchment area spread across 72.23 sq km. Water from the dam helps in irrigating 2,498 acre as farmers were demanding desilting of the reservoir that was constructed in 1978.
N. Subramanian, president of Gunderipallam Pasana Sangam, along with farmers had also submitted petition to the district administration to desilt the dam which was not done in its 41-year history. Since, the water spread area comes under the control of forest department, approval is delayed for the farmers and no works were carried out.
Meanwhile, Subi. Thalapathy, president of Thadapalli Arakankottai Bhavani River Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, has said that water from Gunderipallam, Sanjeevirayan Kulam and Vedaparai Pallam continue to be unutilised due to the lethargy of the government officials. He said that due to heavy rains, Gunderipallam received 6,000 cusecs while Sanjeevirayan Kulam and Vedaparai Pallam received 2,000 cusecs and 1,500 cusecs respectively.
Despite urging the Collector and Chief Conservator of Forest three months ago to desilt the reservoir, permission was not given, he said and added that less than one-third water could be stored due to the presence of silt.