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Water supply to Punjab, Har, Raj increased: BBMB

chandigarh Updated: Jun 26, 2012 15:26 IST

The Bhakra Beas Management Board Monday said it had accepted the demand of partnering states including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to increase the release of water supply for irrigation purposes.

It was also decided to hold review meetings in this regard after every five days from July 5 with partnering states, a BBMB official said.

"We have accepted the genuine demand raised by partnering states," he said.

Punjab would get water supply of 16,360 cusecs instead of 15,800 cusecs from Bhakra dam and 10,700 cusecs instead of 10,500 cusecs from Pong dam, the official said.

Haryana would get 10,000 cusecs through Bhakra Main Line instead of 9,500 cusecs while Rajasthan would get 10,000 cusecs from Pong dam and 784 cusecs from Bhakra main line.Partnering states have been demanding increase in water supply from BBMB in the wake of ongoing crop sowing especially paddy and cotton.

"Our demand for increase in water supply (for irrigation) has been accepted by BBMB and if rain lashes in the first week of next month, the situation will further ease," Punjab irrigation, chief engineer, Amarjit Singh Dullat said.

The water situation has turned worrisome because of decrease in inflow of water supply in Bhakra as compared to last year's level.

The water level in Bhakra dam, at present, is 1,528.77-ft as against 1580-ft on the same day last year.

However, water level in Pong dam stands at 1,297.14 ft against 1282-ft last year.