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Hirakud stops business houses from tapping into dam water

The Hirakud dam authorities have asked industrial houses in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts to stop drawing water from the reservoir in view of water scarcity. Sending notices to at least 10 major industrial houses, the dam authorities requested them to make arrangement of water on their own till there is an increase in the reservoir level.

The water level of the reservoir went down to 594.97 feet on Wednesday and if there is no rain in the catchment area in a day or two, the level would soon go down to the “dead level” of 590 feet. Farmers of the region, too, expressed deep concern over the situation as water scarcity in the reservoir has affected agriculture. Water scarcity has reportedly forced the dam authority to reduce discharge of canal water. This has also affected power generation in Burla and Chipilima power stations. However, the dam authority denied the allegation saying everything is well under control and a rise in the water level is expected soon because of rain in the upstream of Mahanadi.

“We have asked the industrial houses to stop taking water from the reservoir as the water level has gone down bellow 595 feet. However, discharge of canal water is still unaffected,” executive engineer of the Hirakud dam project R K Panda said on Thursday. He informed that the industries that have been asked to stop taking water from Hirakud are IB Thermal, SMC Hirma, BIT, Action Ispat, Vedanta, Sterelite Energy and Ind-Barath of Jharsuguda district and Bhusan Steel and Power, Shyam Metalics and Biraj steel of Sambalpur district.

According to Panda, 38.94 mm rainfall has been recorded in the upstream and 55.40 mm in the downstream of Mahanadi on Thursday.

Dam experts, on the other hand, apprehended severe problems ahead because of the sharing of dam water with industrial houses. They feel that power generation and irrigation have been drastically affected owing to water sharing. “Power generation has been definitely affected because of water scarcity in the reservoir. Earlier the power house produced more than 1200 million units of power in a year, but now, it has come down to below 1000 MU. The dam record shows last year a little over 679 million unit power was generated,” the former managing director of OHPC, Kanunakar Supakar, said.

Low pressure formed, more rain likely in Odisha

 Low pressure formed more rain likely in OdishaFollowing a low pressure which likely to be formed over Bay of Bengal in the next two days, Odisha is expected to experience heavy rain.
According to Met office sources, due to windstorm in Bay of Bengal, a low pressure will be formed within next 48 hours.
In its effect, the state will receive rainfall beside the monsoon rain.
Meanwhile, the monsoon advanced to interior parts of the State and was active in many areas including the capital city.
In the last 24 hours, Hirakud received the highest rainfall of 22.9 mm, followed by Sambalpur- 14.4mm and Jharsuguda 12.2 mm.
Meanwhile, even as the city dwellers got respite from grueling heat wave condition that was prevailing for almost two weeks due to monsoon rain, clogged drainage system led to water logging in many areas.
While many streets were found flooded with knee-deep water, the rain water accompanied with drain filth entered the houses in many areas located in low-laying areas.
The situation was worse particularly in Acharya Vihar, Jayadev Bihar, Ashok Nagar, Bayababa Mutt lane, Bhagabati slum, Bomikhal and Old Town areas.

Monsoon hits all parts of Odisha

Monsoon hits all parts of OdishaThe much-awaited south west monsoon finally hit Odisha on Sunday except Jharsuguda, Sundergarh districts.

According Met Centre official, the south west monsoon has already set in over the State which has brought some amount of rain in past couple of days. It is likely to cover the entire 30 districts within next three days as the conditions are favourable for further advancement into the remaining areas.

Despite the delay in the arrival of the monsoon, it has already touched all the districts, except Sundergarah and Jharsuguda. However, some portions of Sambalpur, Deogarah, Konjhar, Bargarh and Mayrubhanj districts are yet to get a shower.

Keonjhar received highest 99 mm rainfall on Sunday followed by Malkangiri 80 mm, Chandbali 74.4 mm and Talcher 64 mm. During last 24 hours, Baripada recorded highest rain fall of 100 mm, followed by Malkangiri 98 mm, Cuttack 97 mm, Sundargarh 96mm, Talcher, Bhubaneswar, Anugul 95 mm each, Boangir 94 mm, Jharsuguda 93 mm, Puri 90 mm, Paradeep 87 mm and Chandbali received 86 mm.

Though the monsoon normally reaches the State by June 10, this year there has been a week’s delay in its onset this year. The Met department said there is an upper air cyclonic circulation over the northwest Bay of Bengal and is likely to develop into a low pressure area. The system would move inland and lead to increased rainfall activity over Odisha.

WALK IN INTERVIEW in jharsuguda

WALK IN INTERVIEW in jharsuguda



Several long distance trains are running on diverted routes

In the wake of South Eastern Railway (SER) imposing a mega block on the movement of trains between Jaleswar-Amarda Road railway station owing to the ongoing repair work of a bridge, passengers travelling long distance are facing problems as trains are running along diverted routes for the time being.

Several long distance trains including New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Superfast Express, New Delhi-Haridwar Neelachal Express, Guwhati-Chennai Egmor Express, Dibrugarh-Chennai Express, Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express, among others trains are running on diverted routes. The commuters are having a tough time since Thursday and they will have to bear the inconvenience till June 10.

“According to the notification repair work will start on Thursday morning (June 7) and will continue till the evening hours of June 10,” said Tatanagar railway station manager Ravi Chaudhary.

Now, for the next two days Utkal express will run on the diverted Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Angul route to reach Puri. The Egmor Express will also not take the usual route via Tatanagar railway station instead it will run on Chandil-Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Vijaynagram route. The Purushottam Express train will travel via Tatanagar but instead of reaching Kharagpur it will run on Dangoapos-Jakhapura line.

“The repair work was originally scheduled to begin on June 1 but owing to some technical reasons it got deferred,” said a railway official at the Chakradharpur railway divisional office.

“The route diversion (of the several trains) has only added to the woes of the passengers as they are already having an issue seeking berth confirmation on long distance trains during vacations,” said Saurabh Agarwal, a businessman who frequently travels on long distance trains for business purposes.