Irsa releases 7,000 cusecs of additional water from Tarbela dam
January 24, 2013
M RAFIQUE GORAYA
The Indus River System Authority released 7,000 cusecs additional water from Tarbela dam on Wednesday to augment hydel power generation to meet the increased electricity demand during the next three days’ Eid Milad -un-Nabi celebrations throughout the country.
The government has already directed all the Discos to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers during this auspicious occasion for illumination of buildings and Milad processions. Wapda engineers told Business Recorder that IRSA increased water discharge downstream the Tarbela dam on river Indus from 25,000 cusecs to 32,000 cusecs to increase hydel power generation from the Tarbela and Ghazs Barotha power houses.
They said that the on-going desilting of the irrigation canals in Punjab and Sindh provinces would be complete by end of this month after which normal water flows in the canals would be resumed that would considerably increase the hydel power generation.
They said that Irsa is releasing 62,000 cusecs water in the rivers against the inflow of 48,000 cusecs at the rim stations of the four live rivers, Indus 18,000 cusecs, Kabul 11,000 cusecs, Jhelum 10,000 cusecs and Chenab 9,300 cusecs.
They said in addition to the regular water flows in the rivers which are gradually increasing, there is still 3.1 MAF water left in the dams, Tarbela 1.627 MAF and Mangla 1.57 MAF which will be utilised for hydel power generation and maturing the Rabi crops including wheat, grams, lintels, oilseeds, barleys, vegetables, sunflower and fodder crops till 31 March 2013.
Two spells of good rains during the closure of irrigation canals this month greatly benefited the winter crops brightening prospects of better per acre yield of the agriculture commodities.
WEATHER FORECAST According to Met office forecast, mainly cold and dry weather is expected over most parts of the country today, however isolated light rain with snowfall over the hills may occur over Gilgit- Baltistan and Kashmir. Mist/fog may also occur over the plain areas of Punjab and Upper Sindh.
The weather is expected to be mainly very cold & dry in most parts of the country during the next 48 hours. Shallow foggy conditions likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab during morning time
COLDEST PLACES LAST 24 HRS: Skardu -14 °C, Astore -13 °C, Parachinar -10 °C, Hunza -08 °C, Gupis -07°C, Kalat -05 °C, Drosh, Bunji -04 °C, Gilgit -03 °C, Chitral & Quetta -02 °C, Dir, Rawalakot -01 °C.