BBMB warns states over lower inflows in Bhakra, Pong reservoirs
The board also asked the states, who depend on the dams for their water needs, to make the best use of monsoon season for irrigation and other purposes.
BBMB had called a high-level meeting with the principal secretaries of partner states here yesterday to discuss the critical position of the two reservoirs, a statement issued by the board said here today.
BBMB apprised them about the low storage in the reservoirs and informed them about the occurrence of around 11 percent deficient monsoon in the catchment area of Satluj and Beas river in Himachal and normal rains in Punjab and Haryana, it added.
"The comparison of inflows and releases from Bhakra & Pong reservoirs during the current filing period starting from 21st May till yesterday with the last six years as well as with those of the driest years of 2004 and 2009 along with the possible future inflows this year to September 21, 2018, were deliberated in detail," it said.
Keeping in view the low level of water storage in reservoirs and deficient rainfall in the catchment area, BBMB asked the states to conserve and utilize monsoon water to the maximum possible extent so that water releases from the two reservoirs are minimised to store water for utilization during the coming depletion period starting from September 21, 2018.
"Considering the critical situation, BBMB is closely monitoring water level in both reservoirs, the present trend of inflows and releases from the dams are being decided on a day to day basis after accounting for the additional run-off generated at Ropar and Harike headworks, due to monsoon rains from the catchment area downstream of both the dams," it said.
Notably, the water inflow has been lesser this year because of a decrease in snow melting caused by low temperatures prevailing over the upper Himalayas, a BBMB official had said earlier.
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