Aurangabad: The live storage in Jayakwadi major irrigation project is on constant rise with dam level reaching the 75% live storage mark by late Thursday evening.
Nathsagar dam reservoir was witnessing release of water at the speed of 4,600 cusec due to heavy release of water from upstream areas.
Jayakwadi dam in-charge A H Chavan said rainfall in Ahmednagar and Nashik district during the past 72-hours has resulted in increase in storage-level of the dam.
“Despite relatively weak rainfall in catchment areas, the dam level has shot up to 75%. The heavy inflows from upstream areas are expected to slow down in the next 24 hours unless fresh rainfall is reported from upstream areas,” he said.
The dam — lifeline of Aurangabad and parts of Marathwada — was holding around 58 TMC water in live storage. As per official data, Jayakwadi major irrigation project was holding around 65% live storage during corresponding period last year.
While the highest live storage of 2016 was at 83% last year, the figure could easily get crossed this year. “We have whole September remaining followed by period up to October 15 till the return of monsoon. The dam is going to witness increase in water level in days to come for sure,” Chavan said.
When asked about possible gate-operation for release of water from the dam, he said, such possibility would be considered only after live storage level crossing 90% storage mark.
Located around 60-kilometer away from Aurangabad, Jayakwadi major irrigation project was built with an aim to supply water for drinking needs, industrial use and agriculture. Barring last year, the dam could not release water for agricultural purpose during past a few years due to poor storage levels that were attributed to deficient monsoon.
Koyna reaches 100 TMC
Meanwhile, continuous rainfall in the last 24 hours has resulted in increase of 1.60 TMC water in the Koyna dam. Thus, the water level in the dam crossed 100 TMC on Thursday. The capacity of the dam is 105 TMC.
According to water resource department officials, every year the dam fills to 103 TMC before the beginning of September. Rainfall has continued to persist in southern Maharashtra with moderate intensity.
The catchment area of Koyna dam includes Koyna, Nawaja, Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad, Sonat, Bamnoli, Kathi and Walwan. Continuous rainfall in the area has resulted in the rise in the dam’s water level.