Times of India | 1 month ago | 01-07-2022 | 03:23 am
Surat: The Ukai reservoir started receiving fresh water of the season with rainfall in the catchment area in Maharashtra on Thursday. Over 11,000 cusecs inflow were reported at the dam while the water level was at 315.33 foot. Dam officials claim there will not be immediate change in levels as water is being released for irrigation at present. “Considering the demand for water by farmers, we are releasing water through the canal. Till the monsoon picks up in south Gujarat, there will be water demand from the dam and hence there will not be significant rise in water levels,” said a dam official. Meanwhile, Umapada in Surat district received 161 mm rain on Thursday while Mangrol got 71 mm, Kamrej 61 mm and Choryasi 29 mm. Surat city received 12 mm rain during the day due to which some areas witnessed water logging issues. Meanwhile, 159 mm rain was recorded in Valsad taluka and 89 mm in Pardi taluka of Valsad on Thursday. In Vapi 36 mm and Hansot of Bharuch got 32mm, Dharampur 23 mm and Kaprada 20mm rainfall. Parts of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad districts of south Gujarat are likely to receive more rainfall in the next three days, said Manorama Mohanty, the director of Meteorological Centre, Ahmedabad.Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places of the region, she said.“Though there will not be any significant rain in Saurashtra and Kutch region today, the rainfall activity will gain momentum from tomorrow and may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of that region on July 3 and 4,” Mohanty said.In the last 24 hours ending at 6am, Valsad received 159 mm rain, while Pardi received 89 mm, it said.According to officials, waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Valsad town and some parts of Surat, such as Varachha, Kapodra, Mahidharpura and Patel Wadi.
Heavy rains lashed parts of north and south Gujarat on Tuesday with the Tapi, Banaskantha and Valsad districts receiving over 100 mm of rainfall in 12 hours since morning, officials said. A downpour in Ahmedabad city in the evening caused waterlogging, slowing down the traffic.Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of Sardar Sarovar dam in Narmada district caused its level to rise to 134.65 metres around 8 pm, below the full reservoir level of 138.68 metres, officials said.It also received heavy inflow of water from Omkareshwar and Indira Dams in Madhya Pradesh. As of 8 pm, it had received 2.30 lakh cusec water, with 23 gates opened to 2.90 metres to release 4.50 lakh cusec water in riverbed powerhouse and turbines, officials said. More than 30 tehsils received over 50 mm of rainfall during the day, mainly in the districts of Tapi, Banaskantha, Valsad, Chhota Udepur, Navsari, Mehsana, Dang, Aravalli, Surat, Mahisagar and Patan, said a release issued by the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC).The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast widespread light to moderate rainfall in most parts of Gujarat in the next 24 hours with 'heavy to heavy rainfall' in isolated areas and `extremely heavy' rainfall in some districts of south and north Gujarat regions, Saurashtra and Kutch till Thursday morning.Shamlaji in Aravalli district reported a landslide which affected the traffic on a national highway connecting Gujarat to Rajasthan.Rainfall also caused swelling of rivers in several districts.Read the Latest News and Breaking News here
The Union Home Ministry has held discussions with representatives of Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu on the transfer of a piece of land and four villages to the Union Territory from the state but no decision has been taken yet, officials said. According to the proposal, four villages of South Gujarat’s Valsad district — Meghval, Nagar, Raymal and Madhuban — and a part of Ghoghala village of Saurashtra will be merged with the Union Territory.While the four villages are more accessible from Diu, the piece of land in Saurashtra is to be given in lieu of land given to Gujarat in 1989. The discussions were held with the representatives of the Gujarat government and the administration of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu recently but no decision could be arrived at, an official privy to the development said.While Nagar, Raymal and Madhuban villages are located between the Madhuban dam reservoir and the Union Territory, Meghval village is surrounded by the Union Territory. No decision could be taken as the Gujarat government is yet to give its full consent to the proposal of the complete merger of Nagar, Raymal and Madhuban with the Union Territory even though it has given its in-principle nod to the handing over of Meghval village.The Union Territory has been asking for handing over the piece of land in Ghoghala along the Saurashtra coast in return for land given by Diu to Gujarat in 1989 for developing a fishing port. The administrator of the Union Territory had also sent a letter to the Gujarat Chief Minister requesting it to give the piece of land in Ghoghala to the Union Territory.If the land and the four villages are handed over to the Union Territory, tourism is expected to get a boost since liquor will be available there after coming under the Union Territory’s jurisdiction as Gujarat is a dry state, the official said.Read the Latest News and Breaking News here
Only light or very light rainfall is expected in Delhi over the next seven days with cloudy skies, light rain or thundershowers along with strong winds of 30 to 40 kmph, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).Very light rainfall is likely on Wednesday and Friday, while the weekend could see light rain in Delhi.The maximum temperature could be around 34 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, close to the 34.9 degrees Celsius recorded on Monday. The minimum temperature early on Tuesday was 27 degrees Celsius. At 8.30 am on Tuesday, the temperature was 29.6 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity was 74 per cent.Delhi has seen a deficit in rainfall so far this August, with rainfall at the Safdarjung weather observatory falling well below the ‘normal’ for the month. Around 24.9 mm of rainfall has been recorded at Safdarjung so far, which is 80 per cent below ‘normal’ of 125.4 mm till August 16. The observatory at Safdarjung provides a marker for the city.This monsoon season, Safdarjung has recorded 335.7 mm of rainfall, 18 per cent short of the ‘normal’ of 409.2 mm. In July, excess rainfall was recorded at Safdarjung, while June saw a large deficit of around 67 per cent.The monsoon trough, a low-pressure area associated with the monsoon, lies south of its normal position. The western end of the trough is likely to shift northwards from August 17 onwards, according to an IMD bulletin issued on Tuesday. The position of the trough can contribute to determining which parts of the country see an active monsoon.According to an IMD bulletin issued on Monday, active monsoon conditions are likely to persist over Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and northern Maharashtra over the next two days, with rainfall decreasing thereafter.Widespread light or moderate rainfall along with isolated heavy rainfall is likely over Himachal Pradesh on August 18 and Uttarakhand from August 18 to 20.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday said prevailing active monsoon conditions will cause widespread heavy rain over central India regions.IMD officials said there were multiple favourable weather systems influencing Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where rainfall activity will continue till Monday. These systems include low-pressure ones present over central Madhya Pradesh, a well-marked low pressure system over Gujarat, the monsoon trough running between these two systems and an off-shore trough running parallel along the coasts of Gujarat till Kerala. Besides, an east-west wind shear zone, where the monsoon winds remain active, also persists.“The monsoon trough is likely to be active and oscillate between its normal and southern position for the next five days,” said the IMD in its weather bulletin issued on Thursday.Parts of Jammu, which received heavy rain, remained among the country’s wettest areas on the day. Jammu recorded 189.6 mm on Thursday, the highest for a single day in August since 2010, the IMD’s rainfall data stated. Similarly, heavy rain was recorded at Udhampur (121.6mm) and Katra (77.8mm) on Thursday.
As Gujarat received 80 per cent of its average rainfall for this season since July this year, the state now has 21 per cent more water than in August 2021 —enough to last until August 2023 for drinking and irrigation purposes, a release from the state government said on Wednesday.In a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar, the water department stated that the 207 reservoirs in the state, including the Sardar Sarovar project in Narmada, had a total of 69 per cent water until August 10 — the highest in 13 years.The meeting was held in the presence of the Water Supply and Irrigation Minister Rushikesh Patel, in which the water resources department presented a detailed description of the situation of the reservoirs till August 10.The 207 reservoirs of the state have total storage of 25,266 Million Cubic Metres (MCM) of water of which, 17,687 MCM has already been received, this year until Thursday. According to the status report of the Water Resources and Water Supply Department of the state Thursday, the state had a total storage of 70 per ent. Sardar Sarovar dam is 80 per cent full with storage of 7,598 MCM out of the total designed capacity of 9,460 MCM.On August 11, 2021, Sardar Sarovar only had 4,408 MCM water due to deficit rainfall in the catchment areas of the basin in Madhya Pradesh.This year, however, the inflow into the dam from its mother dams Indirasagar and Omkareshwar projects in MP has been heavy. On Thursday, too, the dam had an inflow of 1.1 lakh cusecs, taking the level to 132.7 metres, which is just six metres short of the Full Reservoir Level.The dam is also releasing water by operating the Canal Head Power House and the Riverbed Powerhouse at full capacity — which results in a release of over 50000 cusec water in total after one full cycle.Zone-wise, South Gujarat has the highest filling of reservoirs at 74.52 per cent Thursday with 6,427 MCM of storage, and eight dams completely filled. In Kutch, which received heavy rainfall on July, 12 of the 20 dams are completely filled. Kutch region has a total of 70 per cent water storage Thursday at 232.63 MCM.Until Thursday, Saurashtra recorded water storage of 63.27 per cent and 19 of the 141 dams completely filled while Central and North Gujarat have recorded a total filling of 50.51 per cent and 31.77 per cent, respectively. While Central Gujarat has two dams completely filled and total storage of 1177.33 MCM, none of the 15 dam schemes in North Gujarat is completely filled.At the meeting Wednesday evening, CM Patel instructed to carry out irrigation works in areas that have received a good monsoon, the government release said. The Chief Minister has emphasised saving and storing the excess water by creating check dams.“It was stated in the meeting that out of the 73 water reservoirs of the state from which water is taken for drinking, 62 water reservoirs have enough water to last till August 2023. The Chief Minister also reviewed the rainfall situation in the state during this meeting. Regarding the review of the rainfall situation, it has been said that an average of 80 per cent of the rain has been received in the state till August 10. Not only that, more than 125 mm of rain has been received by all the talukas of the 33 districts of the state,” the government release stated.