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Idukki dam shutter opened on trial basis

Idukki: Trial run in Idukki Cheruthoni dam began at 12.30 pm on Thursday. One of the five shutters of the dam was opened by 50 cm. The middle shutter was opened and will remain open for 4 hours and 50 cubic metre water will be released per second. The authorities decided to stage the trial run when the water level in the dam reached 2398.88 feet. An inspection of the dam will be staged by 4 in the evening. Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu informed that the people dwelling in the valley of Cheruthoni dam and in an area of 100 metre near Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers should move to safer places. The decision to start the trial run was taken in the emergency meeting convened by the chief minister.

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