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Late showers push up water level in reservoirs

Allaying the apprehensions at the start of the rainy season, the water level in the three reservoirs of the region has improved considerably at the end of the filling season this year, thanks to late showers. This year, at the end of the filling season on September 20, the water level in Bhakra dam was 1,655.5 feet, 25 feet less than the level last year.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 23, 2012 00:58 IST
Bahadurjeet Singh

Allaying the apprehensions at the start of the rainy season, the water level in the three reservoirs of the region has improved considerably at the end of the filling season this year, thanks to late showers.


This year, at the end of the filling season on September 20, the water level in Bhakra dam was 1,655.5 feet, 25 feet less than the level last year.

At the start of the rainy season this year, the water level at Bhakra dam was 60 feet less than the level on the corresponding day last year. Earlier, reports of scanty monsoon had forced the BBMB authorities to reduce water supply for irrigation by 10% as well as power generation.

The power generation from the BBMB powerhouses in August was 1,221 million units, which was 20% less than the power generated in the corresponding month last year. However, there was no generation loss from Dehar power plant this year, which stood at 461 million units in August. At Bhakra powerhouses, the monthly generation in August was less by 20% as compared to last year.

At Pong dam reservoir, the water level was 1,390 feet at the end of the filling season, only 6 feet less than the level at the end of the filling season last year. At the start of this year's filling season, the water level was short by 60 feet as compared to the water level on the corresponding day last year.

The power generation at Pong power plant was less by 33% in August as compared to last year. This year, the power generation in August was 160 million units, whereas it was 236 million units last year.

BBMB member (power) Ashok Thapar said the water level at Bhakra was less by 25 feet this year and the volume of water was 15% less as compared to last year. "The late withdrawal of monsoon has enabled the reservoir to make up for the shortfall. The increased inflow will further increase the water level in coming days. The BBMB hopes to maintain last year's generation level in coming months," he said.

At Ranjit Sagar dam, the water level is 519.60 metres as against last year's level of 524.89 metres. The present inflow is 18,842 cusecs as compared to the inflow of 14,273 cusecs last year.