As rains eluded the region, water level in both Bhakra and Pong reservoirs have been recorded as more than 50 feet lower than figure in the last year. These reservoirs met water requirements of three states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Fall in water level is not a very good sign.
Presently Bhakra dam records water level of 1,591.86 feet. This is 54 feet lesser than what the level was last year. This information was revealed by an official of Bhakra Beas Management Board.
Last year the water level of Bhakra reservoir was 1,645.13 feet. The same trend has been observed for the Pong dam which is on the Beas River. Presently the level is 1,311.10 feet. This is 48 feet lower as compared to water level of 1,359.11 feet which was recorded last year. Regardless of this fact, water requirement of all three states have been fully met.
Some rain has been observed in catchment area of the Pong dam. However no rain has been observed in catchment areas of Bhakra.
Even the inflow of water into the Bhakra reservoir was noticeably low this year. It was recorded at 36,919 cusecs where as last year it was 68,843 cusecs. The same thing was seen for the Pong.