Idukki dam: No immediate trial run, says Minister

Cheruthoni: There is no situation for trial run at Idukki dam as of now, said minister Mathew T Thomas. The present rate of increase in water level is 0.02 feet per hour. The trial run will be necessary only if there is sudden increase in the rate of water-level rise. At the same time, the southwest monsoon lashing the state is continuing unabatingly. The latest report is that at 5 pm on Tuesday the water level at the dam is at 2395.58 feet. The dam and the premises might be looking at a Code Red situation. Minister for Electricity, MM Mani has said that when water level reaches 2396 feet, Code Red will be declared. 24 hours after Code Red, the final decision on opening the dam shutters will be taken.

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