In view of the increasing water flow into Hirakud dam following torrential rain, the authorities on Wednesday have opened six more sluice gates of the reservoir.
With opening of six more gates, water will now be discharged from the reservoir through 12 gates.
At present, the water level of Hirakud stands at 628.10 ft against its storage capacity of 630 ft.
Earlier a day before, the authorities had decided to open six sluice gates to release excess floodwater from the reservoir. At that time, the water level of Hirakud stood at 626.27 ft.
However, the authorities of the dam had assured that the situation is not alarming and it will not create any flood situation in the Mahanadi downstream areas.
“We have set a target to release only around 1 lakh cusec of water. The reservoir had a cushion of around three ft. We are hopeful that much of the excess rainwater will be absorbed. We will release only half of the flood water entering the reservoir. So, there will be hardly any probability of flood-like situation in the downstream areas,” the Chief Engineer of the dam Ananda Chandra Sahu had said.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)