Flood gates opened at Pong dam in Himachal

Shimla: The BBMB (Bhakra Beas Management Board) said that water was released from Pong dam into the Beas river today as it was near the danger mark in the reservoir. This is the first time in 15 years that the spillways were opened as a precautionary measure.

pong-damAccording to BBMB officials the water level in the reservoir was 1,394.25 ft Tuesday. The dam can store water upto 1,395 ft against the danger mark of 1,390 ft.

The official said that 33,000 cusecs water, including 18,000 cusecs through normal operation of turbines was released today. The current inflow is over 65,000 cusecs in the reservoir. He said there was no need for panic as only 15,000 cusecs additional water was released. Up to 50,000 cusecs, it’s not treated as flooding in the downstream.

According to him, if there is continuous rainfall in the catchment of the reservoir, then more water would be released.

Meanwhile, BBMB officials said the authorities in Punjab have been alerted as water released would directly affect most of the villages located downstream.

One of the largest man-made wetlands in northern India, the Pong dam reservoir is spread over an area of 41 km with a maximum width of 19 km in Himachal Pradesh. It came into existence after the construction of a dam on the Beas river in 1975.

It fulfils the irrigation water requirements of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Sources in the BBMB said the water from Pong dam was discharged after consulting the Bhakra dam authorities as the released waters of both the Bhakra and Pong could damaged the Harike barrage near Punjab’s Ferozepore town.

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