There was no reduction in the demand for power in Punjab even though temperature had come down slightly in the region. A report from Chandigarh said that the water level in the Bhakra and Pong dams was over 60 feet lower on Wednesday than what it was on the same day last year
Official spokesman of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said on Wednesday that power demand on Tuesday was calculated at 2,276 lakh units as against the supply of 1,996 lakh units.
Meanwhile, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) decided to wait for rain for 2-3 more days before holding an emergency meeting with partnering states to review water release for irrigation.
Though BBMB officials asserted that there was no panic situation as of now due to "deficient" rain, yet the water inflow in both reservoirs was also on the lower side and power generation had come down as a result.
The water level in Bhakra dam was recorded at 1,537 feet on Wednesday as against 1,599 feet on the same day last year, official sources said here.
However, the water level in Bhakra was 1,528 and 1,529 feet in 2009 and 2010 on the same day which was lower than the present level of water.
In Pong dam, the water level stood at 1,289 feet, 62 feet lower than the level on the same day last year, sources added. In 2009 and 2010 also, water level was lower than the present one.
The inflow of water in Bhakra reservoir was 38,600 cusecs, lower than 44,600 cusecs recorded last year on July 4. Similarly, water inflow in the Pong dam was 8,940 cusecs as against 10,000 cusecs on the same day last year, BBMB official said.
However, partnering states were getting their demanded supply of water for irrigation for the ongoing kharif season.
The prevailing dry weather conditions in northern region had also impacted the power generation by BBMB. The total power generation came down to 429.82 lakh units, substantially lower than 473 lakh units generated last year.
The lower power generation by BBMB has also aggravated the power woes of Punjab state which is unable to bridge the gap between soaring demand for power and supply.
Meanwhile, BBMB on Wedneday decided to wait for rain which had been predicted in the next two or three days in northern region before it holds an emergency meeting with partnering states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
"We will wait for couple of days more for rain in northern region or catchment areas..if it does not come, then we may hold a meeting on July 10," a senior official of BBMB said.
The Technical Committee Meeting (TCM), in which representatives of partnering states are present, is usually held during the last week of every month to decide the release of water to partnering states for irrigation purposes.