Flood gates of Bhadbhada Dam were opened on Tuesday following heavy rains that lashed the state capital for several days. Thousands of locals thronged the area to watch the spectacle.
The gates were last opened three years ago, on July 23, 2013. Prior to that the gates were thrown open way back in 1996. It was the tenth occasion today that the floodgates had to be opened after incessant rains.
Built on the Upper Lake, the dam gates were opened as the lake registered highest water level of 1665.20m this morning.
The excess water kept mixing into the Upper Lake from Kolash and Uljhawan river tributaries and as soon as the water level reached 1666.80m, the flood gates were opened.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Mayor Alok Sharma were present at the site with senior officers from government departments and Bhopal Municipal Corporation.
Though the city has not witnessed heavy rains in the last 48 hours but this monsoon, the state capital has recorded 554 mm of rain which is staggering 275 mm more than normal rainfall.