Cut in water supply to Punjab, Haryana if rains fail: BBMB
Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) today said it would cut down water release by 10-20% to partnering states, including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan if rains fail or remain low in a week.chandigarh Updated: Jul 05, 2012 23:49 IST
Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said on Thursday that it would cut down water release by 10-20% to partnering states, including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan if rains fail or remain low within a week.
"Today, we have kept the (water release to partnering states) same...now they (states) have agreed that if there is no rain within a week, then 10-20% deduction (in water release) may be there depending upon the rain.
"If there is absolutely low rainfall, the deduction will be more...in case rainfall is there deduction may be less or may not be there," BBMB Chairman AB Agrawal told reporters in Chandigarh after holding a review meeting with representatives of partnering states.
At present, BBMB is releasing 29,500 cusecs from Bhakra dam and 15,900 cusecs from Pong dam to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan which require water for irrigation of kharif crops.
The inflow of water into Bhakra dam as on Thursday stood at 33,000 cusecs against 34,700 on the same day last year, he said adding that the water inflow into Pong dam was lower by 30-50% in the last few days.
However, he said the water requirements of partnering states were being fully met.
BBMB chairman said the decision to reduce water supply was taken in order to take care of water for irrigation purposes in future. "This year, we will give full water but the question is we have to plan for the future...our aim to give water for 365 days...(but) our position is not much comfortable (this year)," he said.
He further said a review meeting would be held in the next five-seven days if there was no rainfall.
Describing the delayed monsoon as 'unfortunate', Agrawal said the both reservoirs might not be filled during the ongoing water filling period.
First Published: Jul 05, 2012 17:41 IST