Chandigarh: Water level in major dams,
including Pong Dam and Bhakra, was on the verge of touching
its maximum limit due to heavy rains in northern India.
The water level in Pong Dam was 1,387.48 ft as against it
maximum limit of 1,390 ft, while it has touched 518.69 ft in
Ranjit Sagar Dam where its capacity is 520.94 feet.
The Bhakra Dam saw the water level touch 1,667.35 ft
while its limit is 1,680 feet, an official spokesman said
Last year, many parts of Punjab and neighbouring Haryana
had witnessed floods, which had caused extensive damage to
property and loss of life.
Water has also been discharged from Pong Dam in Beas and
Satluj rivers, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department, Haryana, released
250 cusecs of water in Dadupur-Nalwi canal from Hathnikund
Barrage for the first time.
Out of 250 cusecs of water, 100 cusecs of water had been
released in Nalwi distributary for the farmers of district
Ambala on experimental basis.
The first phase of Dadupur-Nalwi canal with a total water
carrying capacity of 538 cusecs had been completed at a cost
of about Rs 276 crore.
The Nalwi distributary with a total capacity of 179
cusecs was constructed to provide irrigation to farmers of