Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the water bearing capacity of Hirakud dam has considerably decreased.

“The water bearing capacity of Hirakud dam, which was 5834 million cubic feet after its construction, has now come down to 4823 million cubic feet,” Patnaik said in a written reply to a question by BJD member Prafulla Samal.

Replying to another question by the BJD member on construction of barrages and dams in upper catchments of Mahanadi by the Chhattisgarh government, the chief minister said the neighbouring state till date has constructed eight large projects, 34 medium projects, 1902 small projects and 3820 barrages.