The Water Resources Department has diverted water from Pichola Lake to Fateh Sagar Lake. The reason behind shifting water is decreasing water level in this lake and increasing demand for water in summer. The level has increased by 1 inch to 5.9 feet in the last two days. The total filling capacity is 13 feet.
Heatwaves accelerate the evaporation of water from lakes and this evaporation can lead to a rapid loss of water, causing the water levels to decrease. During heatwaves, there is often an increased demand for water due to higher levels of irrigation for crops, increased outdoor water usage and need for cooling in residential and industrial settings. In this situation, preparations are also being made to bring water from Akodara dam this week.
Currently, Akodara dam has 37 feet water and a capacity of 60 feet. The water of this dam has also decreased in one and half months because the river bed has dried up due to scorching heat. The department is still not sure how much water will be able to bring from there into Fateh Sagar. Pichola with a capacity of 11 feet was filled up to 10.10 feet from this dam about one and a half months ago. Now its level has also dropped to 8.4 feet.
Due to renovation work in Nehru Garden located in the middle of Fatehsagar, water could not be diverted here since last month. In view of the drinking water demand, PHED had also written a letter to divert the water. On this, the officials of the Water Resources Department diverted the water from Pichola to Fatehsagar through the link canal on 21 May, 2023, Sunday. Seeing the decreasing level of Pichola, the department had planned to supply from Badi Talab. Testing of the line is already done.
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