Due to increased rainfall in Chindwara of Madhya Pradesh forced Vidarbha Irrigation Development Cooperation on Wednesday to open all 14 gates of Totaladoh Dam. Till August 11, the dam does not have strong water storage. Last time in August 2013 the gate of these dams were opened, When the upstream Chaurai dam was still incomplete. “At 6 pm live storage has crossed 95% and hence all 14 gates were opened in stages by 30 centimetres. Since Tuesday we have started hydroelectric power generation and were generating 160 MW, and as per the agreement it has been supplied to Madhya Pradesh.
In Kamphtee Khari Dam too the water was released. The discharge through generation was 120 cubic meter per second. After the gates were opened another 443 cumec water started flowing out of Totladoh”, said VIDC executive engineer GM Turkhede. The gates were opened as the three weeks of the rainy season are still left said, official. Tamai village received a record of 1600 millimetre rainfall on September 7. A large amount of water flowed into a Pench river o which Totladoh is built said Chhindwara Officials. The dam was filled up to 86.37% by Monday evening. A message of taking precaution measures must be taken for the village along the river Pench as Totladoh gate may open anytime said District Collector Ashwin Mudgal.
He also told on Wednesday there was no immediate threat of flooding. Totladoh water will flow into Kamptee Khairi which still 50% empty. Totladoh gate was open only 30 cm. There is no danger of flood, said Mudgal. With Totladoh over 95% full and three weeks of rains still left, water worries of the city are over for least the next two summers. The capacity Totladoh is 1017 MMC while city requires 175 MMC water. There 95 MMC dead storage. 142 MMC is a live storage capacity of Kampthee Khairi. It cant be used for a technical reason since its a dead storage.