Hetauda, July 15
District Administration Office, Makawanpur, has decided not to drain out water from Indrasarowar Lake in Indrasarowar Rural Municipality of Makawanpur.
Earlier, preparations were under way to open the sluice of the dam at Indrasarowar Lake after the lake brimmed with water.
Makawanpur Chief District Officer Ashman Tamang said the DAO had taken the decision to this effect after the water level began to recede since noon today.
Earlier, the DAO had informed the sluice gate of the dam would be opened at 8:00am. Security personnel waited at the dam until the directive from Nepal Electricity Authority came. Preparations were made to open the sluice and reduce the water level by five centimetres per hour. “NEA, however, told us the water level could be reduced through turbines in a controlled manner,” CDO Tamang said.
The lake has the capacity of holding 1,530 cubic centimetres of water.
Rain stopped in Kulekhani area last night. After the water level increased, all turbines of Kulekhani I and II were operating. Kulekhani I and II are producing 60 and 32 MW of power respectively at present.
Earlier, people living downstream of Laitpur, Sindhuli, Sarlahi and Rautahat were alerted saying the dam would be opened.
A version of this article appears in print on July 16, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.