Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 4
As the monsoon strikes in direction of its withdrawal part, the water degree in key reservoirs in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh stays under regular. The rain acquired within the area this season, whereas falling inside the vary outlined as regular, is under the lengthy interval common.
The availability of water in dams is 24 per cent under regular in Punjab and 10 per cent under regular in Himachal Pradesh. This shouldn’t be solely noticeably under final yr’s ranges but in addition lower than the common storage of the previous 10 years.
The whole storage capability in Punjab is 2.34 billion cubic meters (BCM) out of which the current storage is 1.36 BCM, revealed the info launched by the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Thursday.
Himachal has a storage capability of 12.48 BCM with the current storage being 9.32 BCM.
According to the India Meteorological Department, rain in Himachal Pradesh until September three has been 17 per cent under the lengthy interval common in the course of the present monsoon season that started on June 1.
In Punjab and Haryana, the shortfall is seven per cent and 5 per cent respectively for this era. Deviation as much as 19 per cent from the common is taken into account as regular.
The water degree in Bhakra Dam that lies on the Sutlej river in Himachal was recorded at 505.40 meters on Thursday towards the utmost degree of 512.04 meters. This interprets to the present storage being 74 per cent in comparison with 88 per cent presently final yr and a mean of 84 per cent over the previous 10 years.
At Pong Dam on the Beas river in Himachal, the water degree was 418.98 meters towards the higher restrict of 423.67 meters. At current it’s holding 75 per cent of its whole water capability as in comparison with 89 per cent final yr and the 10-year common of 83 per cent.
Both these dams are managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
Following unprecedented inflows into the reservoirs final yr on account of freak climate occasions which led to heavy launch of extra water, BBMB sources stated that this yr the water ranges had been being intentionally stored low in order to create a buffer to cater to any such occasions.
Thein Dam, which is positioned on the Ravi in Punjab, had water reaching as much as 514.25 meters towards the utmost restrict of 527.91 meters. Storage at this dam at current is simply 58 per cent in comparison with 87 per cent final yr and the common of 76 per cent over the previous 10 years.