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Partnering states voice concern at lower water level in Pong

PTI  Chandigarh , July 28, 2014
First Published: 18:31 IST(28/7/2014) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(28/7/2014)

Partnering states, includingPunjab and Haryana, on Monday expressed concern at "lower" water level in Pong dam and decided to review the water situation every fortnight in the wake of weak monsoon.

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However, no cut was imposed on water supply to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, the partnering states, at a meeting called by the Bhakra Beas Management Board.

The meeting reviewed the water situation following decreased water level in Bhakra and Pong reservoirs after deficient rains. The water level in Pong dam today stood at 1,328.38 ft which was 32.82 ft less than the level in the corresponding period last year.

Pong dam, set up on Beas river, is dependent mainly on rains in its catchment areas for filling up its reservoir.

"Concern was expressed at the meeting at the lower water level in Pong dam but it was decided that the water situation can be reviewed in the second week of next month or earlier," Punjab Irrigation department chief engineer Amarjit Singh Dullet said.

However, he said the three states would continue to get water supply as per their requirements.

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