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Due to scarcity of water, Chambal and Kali Sindh River water will bring to Bisalpur Dam

  • Written By अनुभा जैन, लेखिका पत्रकार on Monday, April 11,2022
Photo Credit Goes to अनुभा जैन

Bisalpur Dam is one of the biggest dams in Rajasthan. It is a major source of water supply for the villages and towns of Tonk, Jaipur, Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, and Dausa districts in Rajasthan. The suffusion capacity of the dam is 315.50 RL meters. But at present, it has between 305 to 311 RLM water. The water of the two rivers flowing on both sides of the dam is used for canal irrigation in the Tonk district. Through this over 81,800-hectare land of 256 villages in Tonk district gets irrigated. And as a positive outcome, it has changed the lives of many farmers there.

After 2019 the catchment area of the Bisalpur dam is facing a scarcity of water due to less rainfall and extreme heat in the state. Also, Tonk is not getting water for irrigation from the dam for the last two years. With intense heat and weather conditions and after supplying water in villages and towns, now level of water, i.e., 3-4 cm. water every day is getting reduced from the dam.

For maintaining an adequate amount of water level in the Bisalpur Dam even at the time of low rainfall the Public Health and Engineering Department PHED has initiated the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project. Through this project, the water of the Chambal River in Kota and Kali Sindh River will be used and poured into the Bisalpur and Isarda Dams (located in Tonk-Sawai Madhopur districts).

It is important to mention that for a long time, the Chambal River has remained a major water source in eastern Rajasthan. Its water has been used for drinking and irrigation purposes across the state on daily basis.