Sambalpur: Following heavy and incessant rainfall upstream, the water level in Hirakud Dam has been increasing continuously.
Therefore, the Dam authorities have decided to release the season’s first floodwater from the reservoir on July 18 (Monday) at 11 AM.
“Water-level of Hirakud Dam has increased following rainfall upstream of the reservoir in Chhattisgarh. The current water level of the reservoir is 608.43 feet. By July 31 we should maintain a water level of 605 feet. Therefore, we have decided to release the season’s first surplus floodwater on July 18 at 11 AM,” informed Ananda Sahoo, Chief Engineer & Basin Manager, Upper Mahanadi Basin, Burla today.
Sahoo said that the surplus floodwater will be released through five sluice gates.
He added that at present the inflow into Hirakud Dam is around 2 lakh cubic feet and the outflow is 28,000 cubic feet.
“So therefore for balancing the outflow with inflow we have to open a few gates of the reservoir. We have alerted Collectors and concerned officials of all districts alongside the Mahanadi river in this regard,” said Sahoo.