Recent heavy monsoon in the state has forced to increase water levels in Himachal Pradesh’s major dams like Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam.
“The water levels in the Bhakra dam’s Gobind Sagar Reservoir and the Pong Dam reservoir stood at 1,622 feet and 1,339 feet respectively on Tuesday,” an official of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), which manages both the dams, told Himvani.
Despite generating power, both dams serve the irrigation requirements of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, mainly during the off-monsoon season. He also said the water levels in both the reservoirs were quite comfortable compared to last year.
The water level at Bhakra dam stood at 1,618 feet and at Pong dam at 1,314 feet on this day last year. Another official has confirmed that water level in both the reservoirs increased by four-five feet each in the past four days owing to heavy rains.
Official data said the maximum storage capacity for Bhakra dam is 1,702 feet, and 1,393 feet for the Pong dam reservoir. While the Bhakra Dam is built on the Sutlej River, the Pong Dam is on the Beas River.
Metrological office has forecast very heavy rainfall in the state from 16th July onward and which is likely to increase the danger of flash floods with already inflated rivers, reservoirs and dam .