Bhakra level crosses 1,645 ft; review meeting on July 30
The water level in the Bhakra reservoir on Friday crossed 1,645 ft, with the dam's management calling a July 30 meeting of partner states to review the situation on water release.
"The water level in the dam reached 1,645.34 ft as against 1,562.92 ft in the corresponding period last year," a Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) official said.
On July 10, BBMB chairman AB Agrawal had warned the Punjab government that "excess" water in the Sutlej and Beas rivers would have to be released in the wake of "heavy" inflows. He had said that "excess" water would not be released until the level in the dam touched 1,645 ft.
On the timing for the release of excess water, a BBMB official said, "A meeting of partner states, including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, will take place on July 30 to decide how much water is to be released."
Water levels in the Bhakra and Pong dams have remained exceptionally high this year due to heavy snowmelt and water inflows, BBMB officials said, adding that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had already been briefed on the matter.
The level of water in the Pong dam was 1,360.04 ft on Friday, up 69 ft as compared to 1,290.80 ft on the same day last year.
Bhakra and Pong dams were to be filled to a level of 1,680 ft and 1,390 ft, respectively, by September a target which may be fulfilled much earlier than that, dam officials said.
Badal has already asked state government officials in Rupnagar, Nawanshahr, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Moga and Kapurthala to gear up to combat any flood-like situation.