The Hirakud Dam released this season’s first flood water on Sunday.
The water level of Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) stood at 609.27 ft against Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 630 ft when water was released through sluice gate seven of Left Spillway of the dam. The inflow of water into the reservoir was 64,409 cusec and the outflow was 23,584 cusec.
According to reports, it has been decided to release season’s first flood water from Hirakud Dam through two sluice gates today. It is expected that water will be released through another sluice gate later in the day.
According to sources, the district administration had alerted the people of Hirakud, Sambalpur and Burla area through loud speaker before the release of water.
There are 64 sluice gates including 24 on the right and 40 on the left side of the dam to release flood water. Each sluice gate has the capacity to discharge 16,440 cusec of water when reservoir level, also termed as danger level, is 630 ft.
This apart, there are 34 crest gates, 13 on the right and 21 on left side, which have the potential to discharge 16,238 cusec of water, each at the full reservoir level of 630 ft.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)