Buldhana: All the 19 doors of the Khadakpurna dam were opened on Friday as a precautionary measure due to incessant rainfall. The continuous rain in the district lead the project 75 percent full, therefore the irrigation department released around 45,000 cusec water for 24 hours. Villagers near the river bank were alerted before hand.
Khadakpurna, one of the three major dams of the district, with storage capacity of 160.66 mcm water, has registered 276 mm rainfall in its catchment area. River Khadakpurna which rises from Gautala forest and upon which the dam lies, is now receiving good amount of water.
The officials at the project have been directed to keep the water storage around 70 percent in the month of July. The rule for dam protection also has such provision. As the dam storage has already reached 75 percent in July itself, the Flood Control Cell has taken such a decision to release water.
Earlier only 5 doors were opened on Friday but by evening 9 doors were opened and by late night all 19 doors were opened. As many as 36 villages situated on the banks of river Khadakpurna in three districts of Buldana, Parbhani and Hingoli were alerted.
With ample water available now, water problems of Shindkheraja and Deulgaonraja towns along with many villages in near by talukas, has been solved.