Inflows increase Jayakwadi dam’s live storage to 41.4%

  • | Thursday | 30th November, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Water release from upstream dams since the night of November 24 has increased the live storage of the Jayakwadi major irrigation project to 41.4%.The Jayakwadi project in Paithan, located 45km from the city, was receiving collective inflows worth 23,000 cusec by Wednesday morning. Officials of the Godavari Marathwada Irrigation Development Corporation (GMIDC) said stipulated discharge from all groups of upstream dams is on.The live storage in Jayakwadi is expected to touch at least 45% once the entire quantum of allocated water is released by the upstream dams.Water from the recent rainfall is also expected to reach the catchment areas of the dam, a senior GMIDC official said.The water storage in Jayakwadi was around 38% before the release of water from upstream areas. Nathsagar, the dams reservoir, held 99% live storage during the corresponding period last year. Jayakwadi is also witnessing the rotation of water for the rabi season. The Paithan Left Bank Canal (PLBC) and Paithan Right Bank Canal (PRBC) of the dam are releasing water at 700 and 300 cusec, respectively, revealed the official data. Meanwhile, as water from upstream areas is making its way to Jayakwadi, different groups are holding jal poojan events. During one such event, advocacy group Marathwada Pani Parishad (MPP) offered prayers at Kaygaon Toka, around 60km from here, on Tuesday. Marathwada is getting its legitimate share of water despite political leaders from Nashik and Ahmednagar trying to create obstacles. It is a sight to behold the water racing towards Jayakwadi, Narhari Shivpure, a water rights activist from MPP, said.We also published the following articles recently1000 cusecs water released from ChembarambakkamThe State Water Resources Department (WRD) has decided to release surplus water from the Chembarambakkam reservoir due to the steady increase in inflow. The reservoir currently has over 3,215 million cubic feet of water and the release of surplus water has been increased from 200 cusecs to 1,000 cusecs as a precautionary measure. This decision was made in anticipation of heavy rains, as forecasted by the Met department. Releasing the surplus water in advance will help prevent flooding in low-lying areas.Release of surplus water from Chembarambakkam and Red Hills reservoirs increased following heavy rainfallThe Water Resources Department increased the release of surplus water from Chembarambakkam and Red Hills Reservoirs due to steady rain. The inflow into both reservoirs rose significantly. Depending on the rainfall, the release of surplus water may be increased or reduced. The district administrations of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have advised residents in low-lying areas near water bodies to relocate.Farmers stall grievance meet seeking water for irrigationFarmers in Madurai demand water for single crop areas between Kallanthiri to Melur and Thirumangalam canal command area. They refuse to cooperate with officials as the collector is absent. The government released water for double crop areas but farmers in single crop areas demand their share. The government orders the release of water for single crop and Thirumangalam canal areas. Irritated farmers plan to protest on November 27.

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