Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Burla, Sept 4:
Authorities of the Hirakud dam at Burla in Odisha’s Sambalpur district opened four more gates this morning following heavy rains in the upper catchments of Mahanadi river.
Yesterday, eleven gates were opened to release the heavy inflow of water into the dam and to maintain the prescribed level of water in the reservoir.
Talking to the media this morning, chief superintending engineer of Hirakud Dam Project, Rabindra Kumar Panda said the inflow of water to the reservoir by 10 AM was 2,46,043 lakh cusecs while the outflow from the 15 gates and power channel was 2.60 lakh cusecs.
The water level of the reservoir which was 623.25 feet yesterday has gone up to 623.69 feet as against the optimum level of 630 feet.
“Considering the inflow of more water into the dam due to incessant rain in the upper catchments, we have decided to open another four gates later in the day”, Panda said.
He, however, said there is no threat of flood in the lower catchments.
“Since there is no heavy rain in the lower catchments in the last 24 hours, release of excess water from the dam would not cause any flood situation”, he added.