The BBMB had increased power generation to the maximum at Bhakra dam during the period of high rainfall early this month and subsequently reduced generation. The release, which was about 38,000 cusecs in the second and third weeks of June, was reduced to 33,000 cusecs.
Padamjit said there was a standing decision of the BBMB that the Bhakra level should not exceed 1,650 ft, 1,670 ft and 1,680 ft on August 1, 15 and 31, respectively. The water level was around 1,602 ft on Thursday as against 1,534 ft on the corresponding day last year.
He said the possibility of flash floods in the Sutlej upstream of the Bhakra dam could not be ruled out due to cloudbursts. "There must be a storage margin available in the dam to meet such eventualities. To do this, reservoir filling must be slowed down, which is possible through maximum generation," said Padamjit.