Sambalpur: Two sluice gates of Hirakud Dam, which were opened to release the floodwaters, have been closed following a gradual decrease in the inflow of water into the Mahanadi from the upper catchment areas of Chhattisgarh in the last three days.
On July 11, the Hirakud dam authorities opened two gates in a phased manner following a rise in the water level in the reservoir due to heavy rain in the upper catchments of Mahanadi.
While one gate was closed on Friday and the other on Saturday morning.
The water level of the dam till 9 am on Saturday was 606.22 feet.
The maximum storage capacity of the dam reservoir is 630 feet, while the dead level of the reservoir for agriculture and power generation is 590 feet. The dead level of the reservoir for industries is 595 feet.