Madhya Pradesh Flood/ Monsoon rains: Yellow alert in Khandwa; 12 gates of Indira Sagar, 18 gates of Omkareshwar opened; Mortakka Bridge still closed

  • Traffic stopped on Indore-Ichapur highway from 11.40 am on Sunday
  • 18 thousand 600 cumecs of water being released by opening 18 gates of Omkareshwar dam

Khandwa: Traffic on the Mortakka bridge on the Indore-Ichapur highway remained closed even on Tuesday due to continuous rise in water level in the Narmada River. At the same time, 12 gates of Indira Sagar Dam have been opened up to six and a half meters due to excess water storage. Water is being released from 18 gates of Ankareshwar dam.

Due to the constant rise in water level, the Narmada river is about to touch the Mortakka bridge. Traffic at the bridge was closed at 11.40 pm on Sunday night. The Meteorological Department has issued yellow alert (heavy rain) in 16 districts of the state. It also includes Khandwa. At the same time, Acharyashree Vidya Sagar Ji Maharaj arrived in Nemawar to observe the Narmada River.

Indira Sagar Project Chief Anurag Sheth said that due to continuous rains in the state, gates of all the small and big dams on the Narmada River have been opened. Due to the water coming from Bargi-Tawa and other places, the water level of the dam is continuously increasing. The dam has a capacity of 12.22 billion cubic meters. Due to excess water capacity, 20800 cumecs of water is being released by opening 12 gates up to six and a half meters.

The administration had stopped traffic from the Morattaka bridge at 11.40 pm on Sunday night for security reasons. Due to this, there has been a queue of vehicles on both sides of the bridge since Sunday night. On Monday, the queue became longer.

Small vehicles passed through the aqueduct bridge. Drivers of many big vehicles stood waiting for the floodwater to recede, while some went towards Indore via Khalghat and Deshgaon. Police and administration personnel are present on the bridge. The administration had evacuated ashram and temples on the banks of Narmada on Sunday evening.

The water level of the Narmada River in Maheshwar rose to 146 meters from the normal 140 meters. The danger mark is 147 meters. The floods submerged all the shore ghats. 

Mamta Khede, SDM, Punasa, said Narmada is flooded due to high flow from the upper area and opening of the gates of Bargi-Tawa dams. Traffic will be started only after the flow is reduced and the bridge is checked. The dam’s water level is 193 meters.