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Dams in Saurashtra,Kutch wait for their fill

Despite the state receiving heavy rainfall in the last one week,major dams in Saurashtra,north Gujarat and Kutch regions are still empty as these did not receive adequate rainfall.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: September 8, 2012 2:48:27 am

Despite the state receiving heavy rainfall in the last one week,major dams in Saurashtra,north Gujarat and Kutch regions are still empty as these did not receive adequate rainfall.

According to state irrigation department,major dams and reservoirs in north Gujarat areas,Kutch and Saurashtra have received only 40 per cent,17 per cent and 14 per cent water of their total storage capacity,respectively.

The details provided by the irrigation department officials say that Shetrunji dam in Bhavnagar district,Bhadar,Machchhu-I and Machchu-II dams in Rajkot district have so far received water only 17 per cent,3.18 per cent,16 and 12 per cent,respectively,of their storage capacity.

The situation is worst in Surendranagar district where Brahmani dam has got water only 0.02 per cent of its total storage capacity. The picture in coastal Jamnagar district is also not very rosy as its major dam-Und-I has got water only 5.37 per cent of its storage level.

However,the monsoon,though delayed,has brought cheers on the faces of the farmers in south and central Gujarat regions,with most of the dams and water reservoirs getting full to the brim. Though most of the kharif crops were affected adversely because of late arrival of monsoon,agriculturists feel that adequate availability of water in reservoirs and recharging of the ground water would,however,ensure good rabi crops.

Almost all the major dams in these region are either full to the brim or are overflowing,forcing the authorities to issue warning to the people in their downstream areas as monsoon was still continuing in the catchment areas of these dams.

Ukai in Tapi district of south Gujarat and Kadana Dahod district in central Gujarat region were almost 90 per cent full by Friday evening. Panam in Panchmahals district and Sardar Sarovar dam in Narmada district were also 100 per cent. Watrak dam in Sabarkantha district with its catchment areas in Rajasthan had also received water more than 90 per cent of its storage capacity.

Chief Engineer( in-charge of monsoon rainfall) M K Jadav said the dams in south and central Gujarat regions were almost full in just one week as some of the catchment areas of these reservoirs fell in Madhya Pradesh lashed with heavy rains. Similarly,Watrak dam in Sabarkantha district with its catchment area also lying in Rajasthan was also almost full.

As for Saurashtra and Kutch,Jadava said these areas were always known for less rainfall. He,however,said the situation had much improved with the rainfall so far and none of the regions,even Saurashtra and Kutch,would be facing drinking water shortage as was expected a few weeks before.

“With the rains still continuing almost all over the state,we are hopeful that the state will not face water scarcity at all,” Jadav said.

Rain fury continues

Ahmedabad: Rains continued to lash the state on Friday,leaving many low-lying areas in various cities and towns flooded. Tapi river in Surat was flowing in full spate after 3.3 lakh cusecs of water were released into it from the Ukai dam,which has received heavy inflow in the last few days. Various areas in the city were flooded following heavy rains.

Elsewhere,many streets in Idar and nearby areas of Sabarkantha district remained flooded today. About two inches of rains fell over Deesa and in neighbouring Banaskantha district and Naliya in Kutch.

The Ahmedabad meteorological centre has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over isolated places across the state in the next 48 hours.

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