August showers fill up dams, release of water continues

By Times Of India on 01 Sep 2017 | read
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PUNE: Thanks to the copious rain this month, healthy water storage levels have been recorded at almost all the dams. Out of the 25 dams in the Bhima basin, storage in 16 have almost reached the maximum capacity due to the heavy rain in the catchments of these dams in August.

Three among these 25 dams — Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakwasla — are responsible for ensuring year-round water supply.

With water levels inching towards full capacity and fresh inflows into the reservoirs, the state irrigation department continued with the release of water from 14 dams. Khadakwasla and Panshet dams saw the release of 5,992 cusecs and 2,800 cusecs of water respectively on Wednesday morning.

The release was reduced to 3,424 cusecs and 495 cusecs by the evening.

Meanwhile, Mulshi continued with the heavy discharge of 10,000 cusecs of water, resulting in the swelling of Indrayani and Pavana rivers. While 2,200 cusecs were released from Pavana, Bhama Askhed released 10,900 cusecs on Wednesday.

Irrigation department officials said they do not have a choice. They have to release water into the rivers, as the dam storage levels had touched the maximum mark, and there was no space left to accommodate the rain water.

"We are releasing water from Panshet and Khadakwasla as both the dams have reached to their maximum capacities. The stock at Varasgaon touched the 98.65% mark on Wednesday, and in the next couple of days, it is expected to reach the 100% mark. Water will have to be released from Varasgaon as we," the officials said.

 

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