The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on Monday advised the partner states to use water from the Bhakra and Pong dam reservoirs with caution.
Due to scanty rainfall and slow filling of the reservoirs, the BBMB, in a meeting, decided to cut down outflows from both the reservoirs.
Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan use water from the reservoirs for irrigation and drinking while the national capital Delhi and the union territory uses water for drinking purposes only.
“The partner states were of the view that the cause of concern in the Pong reservoir still persists. It is required to review the inflow, releases within a fortnight,” said an official.
Member generation of BBMB Ashok Thapar told HT that though the BBMB was meeting all generation targets, the states had been advised to use water from irrigation cautiously as the region was still to get sufficient rain.
According to Thapar, the BBMB has decided to meet on August 12 to review the situation.
From the Bhakra dam reservoir, the outflow has also been reduced to 25,900 cusecs against the last year’s outflow of 36,458 cusecs. The states have been asked to use water proportionate to the availability.
The meeting also discussed the plan of operation during the remaining filling period till September 20. Chief engineers of all partner states from the irrigation and power departments and officials of the agriculture department attended the review meeting.
The water level in the Bhakra reservoir is 1,641 feet, five feet less than the what it was on the corresponding day of the previous year.
Last year’s level was 1,646 feet. The water level at Pong reservoir is 1,328 feet, 33 feet less than last year’s level of 1,361 feet.
The inflow into the Gobind Sagar lake, the reservoir of the Bhakra dam, recorded on Monday was 62,435 cusecs against last year’s 47,360 cusecs.
The inflow in the Pong reservoir is 39,503 cusecs against last year’s 25,829 cusecs.