August 19, 2014
M RAFIQUE GORAYA – BR Report –
The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has filled the Tarbela Dam on the Indus River to its maximum level of 1,550 ft with the storage of 6.6 million acre feet (MAF) to be used for hydel power generation and sowing of winter crops. Punjab Irrigation engineers told us here on Monday that the 14 hydel power generating units of the dam have the production capacity of 3,478 MW.
They said the elevated Mangla Dam on the River Jehlum was still 9 ft below its maximum level of 1,242 ft with water conservation of 6.616 MAF. The dam’s maximum storage capacity has been increased to 7.4 MAF. Up till now about 13 MAF water had been stored in the three reservoirs ie Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma. According to flows and reservoirs level report of 18the August, 33,500 cusecs water is flowing in the River Jehlum. IRSA is retaining 21,000 cusecs water in the dam and releasing 12,000 cusecs water downstream the dam for power generation and the agricultural purpose.
RIVERS’POSITION: The River Indus at Chashma and the River Kabul at Nowshera are in low flood level. The River Ravi is in low flood at Shahadra and Sidhnai barrage.
WEATHER TODAY: Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at one or two places in Mirpurkhas division and Gilgit-Baltistan. Hottest places: Dalbandin 42°C, Noukundi, Dadu, RY Khan, Sukkur 41C and Turbat 40 C.