Even though monsoons are still a month away, the Bhakra Beas Management Board has advised the state government to take preventive measures against the possibility of floods in the Sutlej.
The water level in Bhakra dam touched 1541 feet on May 22 against dead storage level of 1462 feet and maximum level of 1680 feet.
Director, water regulation, BBMB, Chandigarh, has written to the chief secretary, BBMB chairman, principal secretary, irrigation, and various other officials, including the deputy commissioners, requesting them to ensure repair all protective bandhs and embankments before monsoons set in.
Sutlej passes through various villages of Ropar, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Fazilka and Ferozepur districts. Over the past few years, a large number of villages have incurred loss of life and property due to floods in Sutlej.
Keeping in mind the damages caused to the dhussi bandhs and embankments during the flooding of Sutlej in monsoons, the BBMB officials referred to the communication as advance information for taking necessary measures to safeguard against any damage. The departments have also been asked to evolve an operational plan, if not already done, for emergency action.