Deficit rainfall in the upstream of the Hirakud dam is likely to affect the hydro power generation at Burla and Chiplima powerhouses. Due to erratic rainfall in the upstream and decline in water level of the , the Hirakud dam authorities have taken a decision to reduce the quantity of the water released to the two powerhouses for electricity generation. The dam authorities have already written to the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) in this regard. Official sources said while maximum storage capacity of the dam is 630ft, the water level stood at 598.89ft on Monday. On Monday, while the inflow of water to the reservoir was 8,005 cusec, the outflow was 17,935 cusec, including 13,376 cusec for powerhouses at Burla and Chiplima for electricity generation.
Superintending engineer of the Hirakud Dam Circle, Bhakta Ranjan Mohanty, said, “We have written a letter to OHPC that due to erratic rainfall and decreasing water level, we would reduce the quantity of water released for electricity generation. We have also mentioned in the letter that 3,500 cusec water could be released for the powerhouses at Burla and Chiplima.”
Burla powerhouse also known as power house- I has an installed capacity of 275.5mw while that of Chipilma powerhouse or powerhouse- II is 72mw. On Monday, while 39.792mw electricity was generated from Chiplima powerhouse, Burla powerhouse generated 72. 542mw.
“We are yet to get any information from our higher authorities about the letter. However, if the quantity of water is reduced, it will badly affect the power generation here,” said general manager OHPC, Burla, Gyana Ranjan Das.