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Chhatisgarh opens one gate of Kalma barrage, Hydro power generation suffers

Amid accusation of reduction of flow of Mahanadi water, Chattisgarh government has finally opened only one gate of the Kalma barrage to discharge water to Hirakud reservoir in Odisha to meet the scarcity.

All protest of the Odisha government not to stop flow of Mahanadi water during non-monsoon season and release the required quantity of water had no impact on the Chhatisgarh government which is constructing dams and barrages on the up stream of Mahanadi river notwithstanding the vehement protest from Odisha.

Hirakud Dam sources said only 2000 cusecs water is entering the reservoir from Kalma barrage although the requirement is much high.
Since the government is giving priority to irrigation and drinking water supply, the hydro power generation using the Hirakud water had almost stopped except in the peak hours in the evening, power generation is allowed only for few hours to meet the requirement .

Since the kharif crop will begin soon after crop cutting is over, the Dam authority is now ready to meet the water supply in the canals to the Hirakud command area and also Sambalpur distributory as per the requirement at the cost of the power generation,” a senior official of Hirakud Dam said.

Release of flood water from Hirakud Dam on 5th August

On tomorrow 5th August, the first flood water of this season would be released from Hirakud Dam, informed by the Dam’s chief engineer Harmohan Pradhan.

The floodwaters would be released through seven gates between 10 am and 12.30 pm on that day. Water would be released through some sluice gates as rains continue to occur in upper catchment area in Chhattisgarh swelling the reservoir. According to norms, water is released from the Hirakud reservoir when the water level goes above 610 foot. The current water level in Hirakud Dam is 611.47 ft., as  the maximum holding capacity of the reservoir is 630 feet.

The district Collectors of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khordha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Puri have been asked to be on alert ahead of the release of floodwaters.

Hirakud reached its top most level 629.33ft

Hirakud-Dam-flood-waterThe water level capacity of Hirakud Dam is 630 ft. but yesterday night, it reached to its top most level of 629.33ft.. 1 lakh and 95 thousands cusec of water enters into dam and 1 lakh and 57 thousand cusec of water drains to river and canals.

NCDS team in Sambalpur to study leakage in Hirakud dam

A four-member team of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) arrived here to study the leakage in the powerhouse gallery of Hirakud dam in Odisha.

Hirakud DamAccording to sources, the team comprising Er AD Mohile, chairman, NCDS, member Suresh Chandra, PK Mohanty, chief engineer, Odisha Dam Safety, and deputy director Er AK Das, will visit the dam site at Burla today to study the leakage point.

The team would then recommend the state government to take necessary steps in accordance with its report.

Prior to the visit of the NCDS team, a five-member team of the Odisha Dam Safety had visited the dam on June 4 to study the leakage in the unit 6 and 7 of the powerhouse gallery that were built in 1956 and 1989-90 respectively.

The team, later in its report to the state government had claimed that the leakage will pose no threat to the main dam.

It may be recalled the leakage was detected during the annual supervision in March this year.

Later, the dam authorities informed the matter to the state government to take adequate steps.

22 Dead, 9 Missing as Boat Capsizes in Hirakud Reservoir

At least 22 people died and 9 others were reportedly missing after a country boat carrying picnickers from Sambalpur town capsized due to overloading in Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) here on Sunday afternoon.

The deceased have been identified as Anita Singh (40), Seema Agrawal (38), Usha Agrawal (35), Santosh Kumari (50), Suchismita Jena (30), Harish Agrawal (10), Paviz Sharma (38), Purba Sharma (18) and Tania Sharma (15). Some of the bodies are yet to be identified.

Reports said that members of Lions Club, Sambalpur had gone for picnic to Marang Dungri under Tilia Gram Panchayat in Lakhanpur block of Jharsuguda district after crossing the HDR in a motor fitted county boat on Sunday morning. They boarded the boat at Sonutikra Ghat, about 14 kilometers from Sambalpur town under Sason police limits.

The incident occurred when at least 70 members of Lions Club besides 50 regular passengers along with about 30 motorcycles were returning back to Sonutikra Ghat after enjoying the picnic at Marang Dungri. The picnickers boarded the boat at around 4.15 PM and after moving about 15 minutes, water started gushing into the boat from its base. The boat was stopped due to some technical snag and started capsizing in the middle of the HDR.

Rescue teams along with fire brigade and police personnel have rushed to the spot. About 80 persons have been rescued so far. ODRAF team has also reached the spot for the rescue operation. Sambalpur Sadar Sub Collector Surendra Panda had confirmed death of 11 persons and said that still at least 20 persons were missing.

Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik expressed his grief over the tragic incident and asked the SRC and Sambalpur District Collector to expedite the rescue operation.