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Water level in Narmada dam rises

Heavy rains in the catchment area of Narmada dam increased the water inflow manifold on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
July 5, 2013 3:44:27 am

Heavy rains in the catchment area of Narmada dam increased the water inflow manifold on Thursday. The dam recorded around 3.5 lakh cubic feet per second (cusec) water inflow by late afternoon,much higher than around 40,000 cusec received till Wednesday evening.

The water level of the dam also rose significantly during this time. Officials of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) said it was still way behind overflowing. Till Thursday afternoon,the water level rose to 115.52 metre,a little lower than the dam’s height of 121.92 metre. “The water inflow into the dam has gone up significantly in the last one day but the dam is far from the level of overflowing,” an official said.

On Thursday morning,the inflow was recorded at around 1 lakh cusec. It rose to 3.5 lakh cusec by late afternoon. The reason was heavy rainfall received in some areas in Madhya Pradesh bordering Gujarat,such as Mortakka and Hosangabad,from where Narmada river flows. Mortakka alone received 346.4 mm rainfall within 24 hours till Thursday morning.

In Narmada district,heavy rainfall was recorded during the same period. Kevadia Colony,where the dam is located,received 164 mm rainfall,one of the highest in recent times.

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Other areas in central Gujarat also received heavy rainfall,with Chhota Udepur taluka in Vadodara receiving 103 mm rainfall in 24 hours till Thursday morning,Vadodara flood control officials said. Vadodara city,Dabhoi,Sankheda and Kwant received 60-70 mm rainfall.

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