Jayakwadi dam fills to capacity

The water level at Jayakwadi dam has reached up to its brim on Friday, for the seventh time in the history of the dam. One of the largest earthen dams in Asia, Jayakwadi was constructed in 1976 and has fuelled agriculture and industrial growth across Marathwada.

Experts have cited the good rainfall in the upstream areas as well as the catchment area of the dam as the reason behind the dam getting 100% of its live storage. This year, besides considerable rain in the catchment area of the dam, the upstream areas also received excess rainfall, resulting in water release from all the 22 upstream dams.

Since its inception 41 years ago, Jayakwadi dam has managed to get filled up to 100% of its capacity only seven times -four times in a row from 2005-06 to 2008-09 and in 1989-90, 2000 and now.

The lowest water storage was recorded in 2012-13 at 3.27%, followed by 5.23% in 2015-16. Ahmednagar and Nashik have constructed seven major and 15 medium upstream dams with a total capacity of 156 TMC live storage, whereas the permitted limit for live storage of these upstream dams is 112 TMC. For Jayakwadi, the live storage is 76 TMC and the dead storage capacity is 26 TMC, taking the total capacity of the dam to 102 TMC.

Sources in the Command Area Development Authority said that the doors of the dam will have to be opened for more than a couple of times to ensure that the water level does not cross the danger mark.

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