Pong Dam level rises by 11 ft in 36 hours, water to be relased in Beas today

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: September 25, 2018 12:58:59 am

The maximum capacity of the Pong Dam, located in Talwara in Hoshiarpur district, is 1390 ft. (Express Archive)

With water level in the Pong Dam rising by 11.11 feet in the past 36 hours, the Bhakrha Beas Management Board (BBMB) dam authorities have decided to release 49,000 cusecs water from dam in the Beas river on Tuesday at 3 pm. Meanwhile, one lakh cusecs was released in the Sutlej river from the Ropar Barrage on Monday night.

Several villages in the Doaba region along the path of the two rivers have been put on high alert, with Army and BSF on stand by to help the district administration. All the schools will remain shut in Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala Tuesday.

The maximum capacity of the Pong Dam, which is located in Talwara in Hoshiarpur district, is 1390 ft and the water had already touched the level of 1386.15 ft by 7 pm on Monday. It was at 1375.15 ft Sunday morning at 7 am. The dam has been receiving 1.19 lakh cusecs inflow to three lakh cusecs since Sunday morning. At 7 pm on Monday, the inflow was 1.41 lakh cusecs. Dam authorities said that after 2011 this was for the first time that dam was going to release so much water at one go. Earlier in 2011, 70,000…

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