With incessant rains in the city, the Met department recorded 83 mm rainfall from Tuesday morning till Wednesday morning 8.30 am – the highest recorded for the season in 24 hours. With the rains continuing throughout the day, the Met department recorded another 3.6 mm till 8.30 pm on Wednesday and have forecast that the rains will continue during the next two days.
“The rains will continue with a well marked low pressure in the north west Bay of Bengal and the trough is active over Arabian sea over Gujarat coast to Karnataka coast. With the monsoon trough being active there is wide spread rainfall over Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Maharashtra,’’ said Medha Khole, Deputy Director General of IMD.
With such heavy rainfall, the dam levels increased with Khadakwasla Dam reaching the 100 per cent mark and water being released into the reservoir at 2,499 cusecs on Wednesday and about 16,000 cusecs on Tuesday. “This was done to bring the dam level to 90.40 per cent,’’ said an official from the flood control cell.
Water release from the dam into the Mutha river for the second day was increased to 16,800 cusecs on Wednesday following heavy rains in the catchment areas. The Mutha river swelled for the first time this monsoon submerging low-lying Baba Bhide bridge in Deccan Gymkhana area. It rose to 16,000 cusecs around 3am after storage in the dam reached its maximum.
The discharge was reduced to 2,499 cusecs on Wednesday evening. The officials added that they would reduce the release of water depending on the intensity of the rainfall. The department will continue to release water at the rate of 1,300 cusecs into the Mutha right bank canal.
Meanwhile, the collective storage swelled to 15.58 TMC (53.45 per cent of the total capacity) on Wednesday evening. Khadakwasla after release of water was at 90.40 per cent, Panshet Dam had 50.96 per cent water, Varasgaon 50.11 per cent and Temghar 52.50 per cent.
Of the four dams, Panshet received the highest rainfall (43 mm) on Wednesday. Temghar and Varasgaon received 34 mm and 44 mm respectively, while Khadakwasla recorded 8 mm rainfall.