Heavy rains increase water level in Himachal’s Pong dam

Shimla/ August 25

Heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh has further increased the water level in the Pong dam, which meets the irrigation requirements of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, dam authorities said Saturday.

In the past six days, the water level rose by a whopping 27 feet in the reservoir that spreads over an area of 41 km with a maximum width of 19 km.

“The water level at the Pong dam stood at 1,360.90 feet against Sunday’s 1,333 feet,” an official of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said.The water level was comparatively quite less as compared to the previous year, but dam authorities said the situation is comfortable now.

Pong dam, one of the largest man-made wetlands in northern India, has a storage capacity of 1,395 feet against the danger mark of 1,390 feet. The official said the inflow in the reservoir was 1.92 lakh cusecs, while the outflow was around 3,100 cusecs.

Meanwhile the various parts of Himachal received heavy rainfall during the past 24 hours.

Dharamshala in district Kangra received a rainfall of 128 mm of rain, Nurpur  84 mm, Una 26 mm, Kullu 19 mm, Amb 72 mm, Nahan 53 mm, Sujanpur  32 mm, Bilaspur 22 mm and Shimla 31 mm. Weather department has predicted a rainy week ahead with heavy to very heavy rain at some places of state in the next 48 hours.

While the normal life in Himachal was affected with heavy rain damaging various link roads connecting remote areas of many districts.