Punjab irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon on Wednesday made an appeal to the farming community to use irrigation water with utmost restraint as water level in the dams was decreasing due to slow and late melting of snow in the catchments areas.
In a statement, Sekhon said the snow on the high peaks was not melting at a pace as it was expected at this time of the summer. He said due to the decreasing inflow of water in the dams, the water level had been decreasing day by day.
He said the water level of Pong Dam on this date was 1299.64 feet, which was 50.22 feet less as compared to last year.
He said the water level of Bhakhra Dam was 1527.62 feet, which was 50.46 feet less as compared to last year.
Sekhon said the water level of the dams was decreasing by one foot every day. He said if the same conditions persisted, the water in the canal would have to be released on weekly basis.
He said the Punjab government was committed to providing every kind of assistance to the farmers and was ensuring eight-hour power supply to the tube wells and engineers had been deputed to ensure optimum utilisation of canal water for the irrigation purpose.
He said it became imperative for the farmers themselves also to use the available canal water for irrigation of paddy fields with utmost discipline keeping in view the reduced availability of water in the canals.