First flood water of the season in Mahanadi river flowing into Hirakud reservoir was released today by opening dam gates. Two sluice gates were opened to release excess water from the reservoir into the basin due to increase in inflow following heavy rainfall in upper catchment areas of Mahanadi river, said Chief Engineer of Hirakud dam, Harmohan Pradhan.
The water level in the reservoir is being constantly monitored and necessary measures would be taken to maintain the level, a dam official said adding despite release of water by opening the gares, there is no threat of flood now as the river basin downstream is dry. He said the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being followed while opening the dam gates and information in this ragard had been given to all the districts in lower catchment area of the river.
The water level of Hirakud stood at 607.71 ft at noon today as against the full reservoir level of 630 ft. While inflow of water into the reservoir was 88,973 cusecs, outflow 31,131 was cusecs, officials said. PTI SKN RG
The surplus water is currently being released through eight gates. Two gates were opened in the morning today and three more an hour after, Chief Engineer of Hirakud Dam Hara Mohan Pradhan said.
After a ceremonial puja, the dam authorities opened two gates initially on Sunday and one more in the evening on the same day to release season’s first flood water from the reservoir.
Five more gates haven been opened due to increase in inflow & heavy rainfall in the upstream of river Mahanadi, Hirakud Dam authorities said.
Chief Engineer of Hirakud Dam Hara Mohan Pradhan said, through eight gates surplus water is being released and today morning two gates were opened & after an hour three more.
Notably, on Sunday flood waters released by opening two gates at aroung 10.50 am following ceremonial puja. To release the season’s first flood one more gate was opened in the evening.
Pradhan also said that depending upon the quantity of rainfall in upper catchment of the river more gates might be opened.
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was followed before the flood waters through the dam gate, he added.
Sources said on Sunday, water level of the biggest dam stood at 607.71 ft at noon as against the full reservoir level of 630 ft.