Kulekhani dam sluices to be opened; locals urged to keep alert


Kulekhani : Preparation is being made to open sluices of the Kulekhani reservoir in view of the alarming water current and level following incessant rain.
People living in and around Bhimphedi, Indrasarobar, Bagmati rural municipality, Nunthar, Chandrapur, Canteen of Rautahat, different areas of Sarlahi and Hariharpurgadhi of Sindhuli have been urged to keep high alerts during and aftermath of the release of water from human-made Kulekhani dam (Indra Sarobar).
Asman Tamang, Chief District Officer of Makawanpur, informed that the people residing in the settlements nearby dam have been asked to remain alert as the water of Kulekhani reservoir flows through local Kulekhani rivulet and Bagmati rivulet.
Preparation is being made to release water from the reservoir of the 92-MW Kulekhani hydropower project so as to reduce potential risks.
CDO Tamang further shared that a meeting of the District Security Committee Makawanpur decided to give water outlet from filled-up Indrasarobar reservoir keeping in mind the potential risks due to incessant rainfall.
The release of water from Kulekhani dam will pose risks to the people residing in the areas around rivers in different four districts so people have been made cautious about potential consequences and necessary safety nets, the CDO added.
The Kulekhani has total capacity of 1,530 cubic metres. Till 6.00 am today, the reservoir saw the replenishment of 1,525.4 cubic metres. The dam was constructed 37 years ago. —