Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Burla (Sambalpur), July 13:
Authorities of the Hirakud Dam in Odisha’s Sambalpur district released the first floodwater of this season from River Mahanadi today.
The floodwater was first released from sluice gate no-7 after a puja. Later, three others gates were opened in phases.
The dam authorities have decided to open three more gates later in the day.
Chief engineer, Hirakud Dam, Biswajeet Mohanty said as per the Rule Curve, the water level of the dam should be 610 feet in the month of July. “We have to abide by the Rule Curve and will try to bring down the level to 610 feet,” Mohanty said.
He said the water level of the dam was 607.39 feet three days ago. However, heavy rains in the upper catchments of Mahanadi and its tributary Ib river has pushed more water into the reservoir since then.
“The water level of the dam was 615.6 feet by 9 AM today”, Mohanty said.
He said the dam authorities had earlier warned the people living in the downstream area of the dam not to venture into the river for bath as the water level would go up alarmingly with strong river current.