Ganga water level likely to rise in Patna today


PATNA: Even as the water level in the Ganga showed falling trend on Sunday, it is expected to rise once 3.55 lakh cusecs of water released from the Bansagar dam in Madhya Pradesh (MP) into Sone river reaches Patna sometime around the night. Sone meets the Ganga at Maner.
On Saturday, state water resources department (WRD) principal secretary Tripurari Sharan had, however, ruled out any “dramatic” rise in the Ganga after the MP water reaches it. Sharan had also talked to his MP counterpart, asking him to ensure controlled release of water from Bansagar dam.

The WRD sources said it takes around 36 hours for the water from Bansagar dam to reach Patna. The MP government had released water at around 5.40am on Saturday, implying that the Ganga level would increase at Patna sometime on Sunday night.

All through Sunday, people living along the southern bank of the Ganga at Patna also felt that there would be no alarming situation. “The river water itself tells what would unfold. The water level is falling. It will accommodate the coming additional water from MP,” brick trader Girish at Dujra said on Sunday.

The water level at Digha Ghat here had fallen by 7cm since Saturday and it was 12cm above the danger level on Sunday evening, flood bulletin released by the Central Water Commission said. The similar trend prevailed at and Hathidah, both in Patna district.

However, the situation is likely to change for the worse down the lower reaches of the Ganga from Hathidah, up to Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar districts. For, on Sunday, water was flowing 42cm below the danger level at Munger compared to 55cm on Saturday. At Bhagalpur, the level was 16cm below the danger level, compared to 28cm on Saturday. The CWC bulletin also said the water level would start increasing from Monday morning.

In the situation, the flood situation would worsen in Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar districts along the flood plains of the Ganga. Besides, as WRD sources said, the flood situation in caused by Kosi and Mahananda rivers would worsen further in the next few days since 72.8mm rainfall had been received at Dharan on Sunday.

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