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Regulator across Coleroon washed away

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A portion of the regulator across the Coleroon river at Mukkombu (Upper Anicut) was washed away on Wednesday evening.

At least seven of the 45 shutters of the regulator, along with the piers, had reportedly collapsed. The regulator was built in 1836 by Sir Arthur Cotton.

Though there was no immediate danger, an alert has been sounded in downstream areas along the banks of the Coleroon, officials said.

Senior PWD and district officials are rushing to the spot. A large number of policemen have also been deployed.

The Coleroon river, essentially a flood carrier, begins from the Upper Anicut. The Upper Anicut is an important regulatory structure to divert surplus waters into the river to drain into sea

With the heavy discharge into the Cauvery river from Mettur Dam, over 1.50 lakh cusecs of water got diverted into the Coleroon from the Upper Anicut for more than three days last week.

On Wednesday evening, about 40,000 cusecs was being realised at Upper Anicut, officials said.

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