Bhakra Dam: North India is facing the possibility of a huge power crisis. The reservoir at the Bhakra Nangal Dam is approaching critical low levels. If the monsoons do not arrive soon, irrigation as well as power generation would be hit in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
The Bhakra Beas management board has warned the three states that cuts in water and power supply will be necessary if the monsoons are later than the first week of July.
This is bad news for the farmers too, now that the paddy sowing season has started. The output from the dam is far higher than the input despite snow melting from the Himalayas.
Last year the water inflow in Bhakra at this time was around 56,000 cusecs, while this year, it is down to 31,000 cusecs.
Bhakra is India's second largest reservoir and irrigates 10 million acres of land in three states.