Sambalpur: Hirakud dam, which opened 15 sluice gates in a phased manner for releasing the excess water, closed seven of the them today. Currently, the water is being released through 8 gates, dam authorities said.
In the morning the authorities closed three gates and subsequently in the afternoon four more gates were closed.
The water retaining capacity of the reservoir is 627.33 feet while 1,93 771 cusec water is entering per second. However, total 207006 cusec water is being let off through power channel, canal and sluice gates, they added.