Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation

Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation

Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation. Tarbela Dam reached its maximum conservation level of 1,550 feet, but Mangla Dam is unlikely to arrive at capacity this year.

This means that the entire river flow of around 125,000 cubic seconds will be permitted to flow downstream as run of the river because Tarbela has reached its maximum live storage capacity of 5.882 million acre-feet (MAF).

It would mean that Sindh’s command region would have sufficient water storage for the forthcoming Rabi season in October but would fill Mangla dam to its maximum conservation level of 1,242 feet. On Wednesday, the water level at Mangla dam was 1,198 feet or 44 feet below its capacity. Therefore, it would imply that the Jhelum-Chenab stretch would be water scarcity during the Rabi season.

Mangla dam’s latest live storage capacity was 4.211MAF, more than 2MAF below its peak. On Wednesday, the country’s total live storage capacity, including the Chashma barrage, was 10.137MAF.

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A river flows in the Indus at Tarbela were 124,000 cusecs on Wednesday morning, compared to 90,900 cusecs outflows. The Kabul river flowed at 24,300 cusecs in Nowshera, while the Jhelum river flowed at 18,300 cusecs at Mangla, compared to discharges of 38000 cusecs. Chenab’s inflows at Marala were 44,100 cusecs, and outflows were 8,800 cusecs.

Inflows at Jinnah Barrage were reported to be 137,300 cusecs and at Chashma to be 152,100 cusecs. Taunsa received 158,100 cusecs of inflows against 138,400 cusecs of outflows, while Panjnad received 10,700 cusecs of inflows against 119,200 cusecs at Guddu. Sukkur Barrage reported inflows of 75,500 cusecs to flows of 28,200 cusecs, while Kotri reported 26,900 cusecs to discharges of merely 400 cusecs. Tarbela Dam reaches the maximum level of conservation.

Tarbela dam’s minimum operational level is 1,392 feet, while Mangla dam’s minimum operating level is 1,050 feet.

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Tarbela Dam is at risk due to heavy gear movement

Tarbela Dam is at risk due to heavy gear movement

Tarbela Dam is at risk due to heavy gear movement. Heavy machinery moving for the Tarbela Dam fifth expansion project puts the dam’s spillway gates in jeopardy. Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the fifth extension project of the Tarbela Dam on August 12.

Rules and procedures were broken when transferring heavy machinery to the building site, posing a direct threat to the existing dam and its spillways. The overwhelming weight of heavy machinery could damage the spillway gates of the world’s largest earth-filled dam, which fear a disaster if this occurs. The contractor’s violation of SOPs is rising, and management is oblivious of it.

The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), according to reports, has been informed of the problem, but to no avail. Local workers have also been denied positions in the project due to quota, according to reports. Furthermore, it did not provide workers with facilities or related allowances. An attempt was made to contact the dam administration for comment but could locate no one.

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In 2024, they will complete the project. The World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) contribute $390 million and $300 million to the project, respectively. The aim of the project is to produce1,530 MW of low-cost, ecologically friendly electricity. Tarbela Dam’s installed capacity will grow from 4,888 MW to 6,418 MW with the completion of T-5.

Lt. Gen. (retd) Muzamil Hussain, Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the project. The T-5 Hydropower Project, according to the premier, will extend the life of Tarbela Dam by managing sedimentation and assuring long-term irrigation releases.

“We should focus our resources on generating clean power that does not hurt the environment,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said at the event, adding that the government should attempt to use the least amount of fuel possible to generate electricity.

According to Prime Minister Khan, the timely completion of the Dasu and Bhasha dams is critical for the country.

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