FOLLOWING THE increasing levels of the Upper Lake, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) opened two sluice gates of Bhadbhada Dam at 7 pm this evening.
So far, the BMC has released about 2900 million cubic feet (mcft) of water from Bhadbhada Dam. According to information, BMC has been maintaining the level of Upper Lake at 1666.75 feet. The full tank level of Upper Lake is 1666.80 feet. Bhadbhada’s sluice gates were opened at about 7 pm today and closed at about 9 pm. BMC took the decision after the increase in the level this evening.
For the first time this year, all 11 sluice gates of Bhadbhada Dam were opened on August 14 releasing about 1200 mcft following the heavy rains. The next day, two gates were opened to release about 100 mcft of water. On August 17, two gates were opened to release 70 mcft of water.
During this season, the highest quantity of 1500 mcft water was released on August 18-19. So, about 2900 mcft water has been released from the Upper Lake. This is about 80 per cent of total water storage of 3500 mcft at Upper Lake.
Following the release of water from Bhadbhada Dam, two sluice gates of Kaliasot Dam was also opened this evening for the release of water. BMC released about 50 mcft water from Bhadbhada Dam. So, the Water Resource Department also released similar quantity of water from Kaliasot Dam, where the level of 505 meters is being maintained. Kaliasot Dam is situated in the downstream of Bhadbhada Dam. Both Upper Lake and Kaliasot Dam already have water stored at full tank level.