Vighnaharta's Arrival Signals Reprieve as Surat Averts Flood Crisis
Diminished Rainfall Curbs Ukai Dam Inflow, Alleviating Flood Concerns in Tapi River
In Surat, the heralded arrival of Vighnaharta has brought with it a welcome decrease in rainfall in the upper reaches, effectively averting a looming flood crisis along the Tapi river. As a direct consequence, the inflow of water to the Ukai Dam has significantly reduced, prompting the Surat Municipal Corporation and the citizens to breathe a sigh of relief.
Over the past two days, heavy rains in the upper regions of the Tapi river resulted in a persistent increase in water flow into the Ukai Dam, peaking with the release of 2.97 lakh cusecs of water just yesterday. This elevated water levels at the weir cum causeway located at Rander, causing the Suryaputri Tapi river to swell and flow in two banks, raising alarm among the administration and the locals.
With the blessings of Vighnaharta, and a corresponding decline in rainfall, the threat of flooding has been mitigated. The dam experienced a considerable decrease in water income, standing at 48,278 cusecs as of 3 pm on Tuesday, an amount equal to the current discharge rate, helping stabilize water levels in the affected regions.
Officials have taken cautious yet optimistic note of the dam's water level, which, at its most terrifying, came perilously close to reaching the danger mark at 345 feet, topping off at 342.44 feet. However, the concerted efforts to manage the water release, reducing it from 2.97 lakh cusecs yesterday to one lakh cusecs this afternoon, has effectively lowered the risk of flooding, and kept the water levels below the critical threshold.
As Surat heaves a collective sigh of relief with the auspicious presence of Vighnaharta, the constant vigilance of the Surat Municipal Corporation and the cooperation of the citizens have been pivotal in navigating this natural calamity. While rains continue in the upper reaches, the reduced intensity has provided a buffer, ensuring that the city remains safe from the threat of floods.
The community is urged to remain alert, even as they appreciate the timely intervention of Vighnaharta in averting a crisis, upholding the spirit of resilience and unity in the face of adversity. The situation remains a testament to the city's preparedness and the unwavering spirit of Surat's inhabitants, as they find themselves on the safer side of the flood scare.