The citizens residing at the bank of Vena river and nearby areas should take care as the gates of Wadgaon and Nand dams have been opened on Tuesday morning that will release water in Vena basin.
Rajesh Dhumne, Executive Engineer, Water Resources Department, informed that the officers opened three gates of Wadgaon dam and seven gates of Nand reservoir that will release water directly to Vena river. The department had to open the gates in view of heavy rains in Umred area and subsequently additional water collecting in the catchment areas of both the irrigation projects. At present, both the dams are up to the brim and hence it necessitated the authorities to release the water.
In such a situation, Dhumne appealed to the citizens to take due care now to avoid any damage or loss. The administration is constantly observing the situation and taking required steps, he said adding that at this time there is no danger. However, emergency situation will prevail in case of heavy rains.
Similarly, Vimla R, the District Collector, has also cautioned the rural masses to remain careful as India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains (yellow alert) on September 21 and 22. There is also a possibility of good rains with storm and lightening on September 23 and 24 all over the district.
Vimla R, who is also President of District Disaster Management Authority, said, the water levels in all most all the dams have gone nearer to brim. Therefore, farmers/citizens residing at the banks of rivers, nullhas and low-lying areas should be extra careful to avoid any loss to property and life as released water from dams would gush in to create flood situation. It is better to shift from river banks/nullhas elsewhere along with agricultural implements and domestic animals, she appealed.