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BBMB to persuade water release cut from Pong dam

PTI  Chandigarh, August 11, 2014
First Published: 19:42 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 19:53 IST(11/8/2014)

Bhakra Beas Management Board on Monday said it will persuade three partnering states - Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to agree on reducing water release from Pong dam in order to save water for irrigation and drinking purposes.

A meeting of partnering states will be held here tomorrow to take a call on whether to allow cut on water outflow or not in the wake of "lesser" water level in Pong dame as compared to last year.

"We will definitely persuade partnering states to give their nod on cutting down water release from Pong dam in tomorrow's meeting," an official of BBMB said here on Monday.

BBMB had already alerted partnering states about the possibility of cutting down water release to these states.

Situation in Pong dam continued to remain worrisome as water level in the reservoir was about 35 feet less than what it was on corresponding day last year, due to deficient rain in catchment areas.

Pong dam, set up on Beas river, on Monday recorded water level of 1,344.38 feet which is 34.72 feet less than against 1,379.10 feet recorded on the same day last year, said an official spokesman of Punjab Irrigation department here.

Inflow of water in Pong dam has been recorded at 23,388 cusecs against 34,108 cusec on the same day last year.

The partnering states are also likely to discuss another proposal of releasing "more" water from Bhakra after it reaches the level of 1,670 feet so that states do not face any problem in getting adequate water for irrigation purposes.

"We will also discuss a proposal in which more water could be released from Bhakra so states do not face problem from a situation caused by lesser water level in Pong dam," an official said.

The water level in Bhakra dam was on higher side as compared to level recorded in corresponding period of last year.

Bhakra reservoir today recorded water level of 1,662.50 feet, which is 5.12 feet higher than 1,657.38 feet last year on the same day, he said.

The inflow of water in Bhakra was 45,045 cusecs against 47,794 cusecs last year while the outflow was 25,000 cusecs against 31,173 cusecs last year.

Bhakra and Pong dams are to be filled up to a level of 1,680 feet and 1,390 feet respectively by September.

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