Monday, July 30, 2018

Flood may force CIAL to close Cochin airport

Kochi: The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) authoritiesat Nedum-bassery are keeping their fingers crossed as water level at Idukki and Idalamalyar dams are going up.

The last time when the airport had to be closed due to floods was in 2013 when the adjoining Chengal Canal overflowed following opening of the shutters of the Idamalayar dam after heavy pounding by rains. Ever since this happened, CIAL undertook works to increase the depth of the Chengal Canal to increase the water -flow to the Periyar in the downstream and also reinforced the outer bunds of the canal and also the boundary wall of the airport, to prevent flooding of the airport.
However, a senior official of CIAL told Deccan Chronicle on Sunday that if shutters of Idamalayar dam and Idukki dam are opened simultaneously, then CIAL would not be able to escape flooding once again. “We understand the situation will deteriorate only if more rain happened in the catchment areas of the dams now on,” he said.
30/07/18 Vinod Nedumudy/Deccan Chronicle