With Sabarmati river continued to be in full flow, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) authorities closed 102 entry points to the riverfront for public on the second consecutive day Tuesday. For further precaution, 160 security guards were also deployed at the riverfront to patrol the area.
Heavy discharge of 16,250 cusecs, against the inflow of 26,000 cusecs, overnight at Dharoi dam in Mehsana district caused the opening of six gates of the dam. This caused water level to rise at Indira bridge by 20 metres, Subhash Bridge by 39.4 metres, and by 37.8 metres at Vasna barrage at 4 pm on Tuesday. Nearly 40,650 cusecs of water was still being released from Dharoi on Tuesday evening.
This forced the AMC to open all the 21 gates at Vasna barrage gradually in consultation with state irrigation department, said a civic release. Accordingly, the riverfront was closed for public and people living in low-lying areas were alerted. After opening of the barrage gates, the water level in Sabarmati river level reached 128-feet at 4 pm on Tuesday.
While water inflow from the Narmada canal was 1,536 cusecs, the discharge to command area was 29,673 cusecs on Tuesday at 4 pm. As a precautionary measure, the authorities alerted the public living in eight low-lying areas of the city and villages beyond Vasna barrage in Ahmedabad district for the second day. The villages alerted are Vanjhar, Bakrol, Fatehwadi, Shahwadi, Kamod, Piplaj, Pirana and Gopalpur.