Sharda canal water level drops, impacts power generation & irrigation in Uttarakhand & UP | Dehradun News

RUDRAPUR: The Sharda canal, which runs through Khatima city in Udham Singh Nagar district, has experienced a substantial decrease in water levels due to a lack of rainfall. This reduction has led to significant disruptions in both power generation and irrigation. The canal currently holds only 7,741 cusecs of water, which is considerably lower than the required 10,500 cusecs to operate all three turbines at the Lohia Head Power House, which has a capacity of 41.5 MW.

Due to water scarcity, the power house is only generating 21 MW of electricity, leading to power outages in several areas, including Sitarganj, Banbasa, Tanakpur, Pilibhit and Khatima. Mahkar Singh, deputy general manager of Sharda Power House, said, “The water level in the canal has decreased, causing a reduction of 20.5 MW in electricity production.”

“The canal’s reduced water flow is also severely impacting irrigation in the regions of Puranpur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Although the Banbasa Barrage is releasing 7,741 cusecs of water into the canal, it falls short of the 8,265 cusecs previously available, which is insufficient to meet the agricultural demands of these areas,” Singh added.

Addressing the issue, Manmohan Singh, a local environmentalist, said, “Sufficient water for irrigation in the Terai region of Uttarakhand and adjoining Uttar Pradesh will only be available once the water levels rise after the rains. This water shortage not only hampers crop growth but also affects the livelihood of farmers who depend on this water for their fields. Immediate measures are needed to address this crisis and ensure sustainable water management in the future.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation and exploring measures to mitigate the crisis in the region,” Singh added.

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