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Bhakra dam set to release more water downstream

Bhakra dam set to release more water downstream 1
On Wednesday, the dam degree reached near 1672 ft towards 1608 ft on the corresponding day final 12 months. (File)

With water degree within the Bhakra dam reservoir rising, the Bhakra Beas Administration Board (BBMB) has began releasing extra water down stream than the demand to be able to make house for extra water within the dam. Dam reservoir is simply eight ft beneath its most capability of 1680 ft.

On Wednesday, the dam degree reached near 1672 ft towards 1608 ft on the corresponding day final 12 months. The meteorological division has predicted good rain for 3 days from August 16-18 in each catchment space of the dam in Himachal Pradesh and in Punjab, the place the water is launched in Sutlej river by the dam.

“There is a demand of 20,000 to 22,000 cusecs water down stream to be utilised in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan states even in this paddy growing season, but the dam is releasing close to 32,000 cusecs and may increase it to around 35,000 cusecs in the coming days to make some space for rain water in the reservoir,” mentioned sources within the workplace of BBMB Chairman.

“If water would not be released from today then there may be sudden rise in reservoir water and then heavy release may cause flood like situation down stream,” mentioned a senior officer, including that dam is simply eight ft beneath its most capability.

On Wednesday, the influx within the reservoir was 58977 cusecs whereas outflow is 31523 cusecs. The officer mentioned that the extent was rising quick.

“We need to restrict its level to 1670 feet by releasing water from dam otherwise it will fill up to its maximum capacity —1680 feet — by the end of this month only ,” mentioned a senior officer. There was lot of criticism of BBMB just lately that it had launched enormous quantity of water which had gone to Pakistan. The officer mentioned that if the BBMB had not completed it then they might have needed to launch extra throughout wet season, inflicting flood-like scenario in downstream.

“It is up to the governments downstream to utilise extra water flow from Bhakra when all the three states — Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, are facing depleting ground water levels,” mentioned one other officer.

Within the area the wet season lasts from June month to September finish and nonetheless 45 days of wet season are left in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal.

Although the reservoir was designed to comprise water as much as 1690 ft and earlier its most restrict of 1685 ft, however later it was decreased to 1680 ft within the 12 months 2010. The BBMB will maintain its month-to-month technical committee assembly on August 16 to take inventory of the scenario.

Director, Water Regulation, Bhakra dam, Satish Singla, confirmed that water degree of Bhakra was above 1670 ft on Thursday and it might go up within the coming days with good rainfall predictions.

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