While the impact of cyclone Biparjoy on the water level of Bisalpur dam was minimal, it has undoubtedly proven to be a blessing for other dams in the state, particularly those situated in Western Rajasthan. In addition, the chief secretary has instructed the additional chief engineers of Udaipur, Hanumangarh, and Kota districts to maintain regular communication with their counterparts in neighboring states. This is to ensure that they receive up-to-date information regarding the inflow of water into the dams and the Indira Gandhi Canal. On Wednesday 21 June, 2023, there was a coordination between Subodh Agarwal, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Water Resources Department, and the district administration to conduct a thorough evaluation of the flood management status in the state.
Over the past three days, the water level in the Bisalpur dam has risen by a mere 22 cm, as reported by engineers who believe this increment will have minimal impact. However, the rainfall subsequent to the cyclone has significantly raised the water level of the Rajsamand dam by 380 mm. As of Wednesday, the water level in the dam reached 11,500 mc feet.
“No, the amount rainfall Tonk had in the last few days won’t have any effect on the water level of Bisalpur dam. Most important, from Wednesday sun is shining and would start evaporating water. However, the present capacity of water in the dam is good and with monsoon is expected to set in, we feel, there won’t be any shortfall.” - Said Manish Bansal, WRD executive engineer, in charge of the Bisalpur dam.
“We normally give 700 mc feet to PHED every year to supply drinking water. We can say that the cyclone has met the demand for drinking water for this year.” - said Arun Sharma, WRD executive engineer in-charge of Rajsamand.
According to the Water Resources Department, the proper functioning of dam gates is crucial during floods. In order to ensure the smooth operation of the 36 gated dams in the state, the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) has directed the implementation of mock drills before June 30. This proactive measure aims to prevent any potential issues during flood situations. During the meeting, the additional chief secretary also conducted a comprehensive review of various projects, with a particular focus on those announced in the budget. These projects are aimed at addressing the irrigation requirements of farmers and fulfilling the drinking water needs of the general population.
Source: Times Of India