The water level in Tenughat dam is up by more than 10 feet as compared to last year. The water level was recorded on 15th May to be 853.9 feet. The water level on 15th May 2019 was 843.55 feet. Water height from the tip of the dam to the top is 125 feet. This is the result of weather changes over the last couple of months. Usually, months from January to June are the ones in which the water level in the dam goes down. But due to frequent rains from January to May this year, the water level has gone up instead of decreasing. It had similarly gone up a couple of months back.
According to workers at the dam, some gates of the dam would have to be opened around 15th June to drain water. Otherwise, water from rains would start collecting in the dam. Currently, all 10 gates at the dam are closed. Normally gates are opened every year in the last week of June. According to workers at the dam, the water level has not been recorded this high in the last 10 years. Usually the water level is around 840 to 844 feet. Earlier, on the request from West Bengal government and after approval by Jharkhand government, water used to be released from Tenughat Dam to Bengal and that would also reduce water levels. However from last few years, even West Bengal has not been requesting for water.