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Chhattisgarh News
Water reaches near full tank level in 42 dams in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: As a result of continuous rainfall, sufficient water has been filled in the 42 major and medium irrigation dams of Chhattisgarh. Out of these, water level in two dams – Minimata Bango and Gangrel dams - has reached 96 and 99 per cent respectively.

Water level in Maniyari, Kharkhara, Kosarteda, Paralkot, Chhirpani, Sutiyapat, Saroda, Karanala, Kedarnala, Kinkari Nallah, Pendravan, Ruse, Matiyamoti and Tandula dams has reached full tank level.

Secretary, Water Resources Department, Ganesh Shankar Mishra here on Tuesday held meeting of departmental officers and reviewed the water storage situation in the dams.

Officers informed the meeting that catchment areas of Gangrel dam and Minimata Bango are receiving constant rains. As a result, there is constant inflow of water. Till 12 noon, 3-lakh cusec water from both the dams was released. Gangrel dam received 1.79 lakh cusec water till 8 in the morning. By noon it came down to 81,000 cusec.

In Bango dam, water inflow stood at 1.76 lakh cusec. The secretary instructed chief engineers of both the projects to release water and sounding alert through siren about it and to inform collectors and control room.

At present 1.20 lakh cusec water is being released from Gangrel dam and 90,000 cusec from Minimata Bango project from 1 pm on Tuesday.

Secretary Mishra on Tuesday discussed on telephone with the principal secretary Water Resources Department Odisha. Continuous contact is being maintained with the officers of Heerakund dam in Odisha. 15 gates of Heerakund dam have been opened. Mishra asked the principal secretary of Odisha to open more gates of Heerakund dam to avoid flood like situation in contiguous areas of Chhattisgarh.

The secretary instructed collectors of Raipur, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Janjgir- Champa and Korba districts on telephone and instructed to remain in touch with water resources department officers and keep situation under control.

Mishra took stock of flood situation in districts and discussed to evacuate people from banks of rivers, if need be. Mishra instructed chief engineers of Mahanadi project, Minimata Bango project and Hasdeo Basin to keep constant vigil on flood situation.