The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) stated that the water-level touched 2,394.72 feet at 1 pm today against the full level of 2,403 feet. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) informed PTI that water will be released from the dam if the level reaches 2397 ft. To check for any obstruction and diversion on the route, water will be released initially on a trial basis for one or two hours, added KSEB.
As a part of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project, the Idukki reservoir was constructed with three dams namely Idukki, Cheruthoni, and Kulamavu. While Idukki dam is used for storing water, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu are used for routing water to the powerhouse. After evaluating the water level and rainfall, the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam will be opened.
Vijayan added that in case the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam are opened, the water would flow through Ernakulam from Idukki, before reaching the Arabian sea. Meanwhile, tourists have been restricted to visit some areas near the dam, stated the KSDMA