Chandigarh: The rising water level at Bhakra and Pong dam has set alarm bells ringing for the Punjab government.

Owing to the torrent rainfalls in the northern part of the country, the water level of the dams has crossed the danger mark. Subsequently, water is constantly released into Sutlej and Beas River, which is posing a greater threat to the villages in low laying areas.

As per the details provided by the Irrigation Department Punjab, on Friday the water level at Bhakra dam reached the danger mark of 1680.93 feet. It is 0.93 feet above the capacity of the dam. Last year, in the month of September, the water level was recorded 1680.77 feet.

According to the information provided by the government spokesperson, following the inflow of 41,078 cusecs of water from the upstream, around 36000 cusecs of water was released downstream in Beas river.

On a similar note, the water level of Pong dam has crossed the danger mark. A bit below the total capacity of the dam, which is 1390 feet, the water level has reached to 1389.08 feet. In the year 2010, the water level reached to the highest of 1394.42 feet.

In order to control the situation, 11809 cusecs of water as released in Beas River. Also, the water level at Ranjeet Sagar dam has reached to a height of 524.54 metre.

JPN/Bureau