Bhakra Nangal Dam, the lifeline for agriculturists and power generation in the North, has been able to sustain the torrential rain, as there is still enough capacity in the reservoir to accommodate water, when rivers and canals in this region could not withstand the rain.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) which take care of operation & maintenance of Bhakra-Nangal Dam, Beas Project Unit-I (Beas Satluj Link Project) and Beas Project Unit- II (Pong Dam) in Northern India has clarified that there is no immediate need to release water from Himachal Pradesh’s Bhakra reservoir. The officials mentioned that the situation is completely under control and there is nothing to worry as the water level in the reservoir is still lower than the stipulated level.
Bhakra has been designed to conserve maximum water during rainy season to ensure supply of water to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan during the subsequent lean period of the year.
Speaking to Business Standard, BBMB, Chairman, A B Agrawal said, “This year there has been pretty good rainfall as compared to last year. The water level at Bhakra reservoir was 1,650.60 feet on Thursday as against 1,591.74 feet on the same date last year. The Bhakra reservoir can be filled to a maximum limit of 1,680 feet. It is also permissible to raise level a little over 1,680 feet in case there is flood and store additional water to provide flood moderation.
At present the inflow of about 70,000 cusec are coming into Bhakra and all turbines are running around the clock. With this the reservoir will rise about 2 feet per day. If the same trend continues for over 15 days, some quantity of water(depending upon inflow) from other sources than turbines i.e. spillway.
Release of water through spillway is not an issue of panic but regular feature to regulate the inflow and outflow of water.