Water levels of Northern dams down, says Shinde

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) Water levels of the main electricity generating dams of Northern India like Bhakra, Pong and Rihand has gone down sharply, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

Giving this information, Power Minister S K Shinde said in a written reply that except in Matatila, the water levels in the current year in the Bhakra, Pong, Thein, Rihand, Gandhisagar, Bansagar, Indirasagar and Bargi dams were lower than the levels on the same day last year.

In the case of Bhakra dam, the water level stood at 1,553 feet on March 6, 2008 compared to 1596 feet on March 6, 2007. Similarly, in Pong dam, the reservoir as on March 6, this year was 1,297 feet against 1,344 feet on the same day in the previous year.

However, Mr Shinde told the members that electricity generated in the current year up to February 2008 was more than the generation in the same period of last year in the case of Pong, Gandhisagar, and Indirasagar whereas the electricity generation in the case of Bhakra, Thein (Ranjit Sagar), Rihand, Matatila, Bansagar and Bargi was less than the energy generation in the comparable period of last year.

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