Centre reviews security of dams, power projects in North India

The Centre has reviewed the security of dams and hydro-electric projects in North India and directed the concerned states to take necessary steps to step up vigil.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 20:31 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre has reviewed the
security of dams and hydro-electric projects in North India
and directed the concerned states to take necessary steps to
step up vigil.

At a high-level meeting, Secretary (Internal Security)
in the Ministry of Home Affairs Utthan Kumar Bansal yesterday
took stock of the security plans, deployment of personnel and
emergency response mechanism with representatives of Punjab,
Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

The meeting also reviewed intelligence inputs received
about the threats to the dams and the projects and how to deal
with them as these are key infrastructure projects.

The projects in Jammu and Kashmir are being guarded by
the personnel of Central Industrial Security Force, while
others are being secured by the respective state police
forces.

There are at least 23 major and medium dams and hydro-
electric projects in North India which include Bhakra dam on
Sutlej river near the border of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh,
Nathpa dam on Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh and Ranjeet
Sagar dam on Ravi river in Punjab.

Other prominent projects are Baglihar Dam, Uri hydro-
electric project - I and II and Kishanganga hydropower project
in Jammu and Kashmir and Tehri dam in Uttarakhand.

PTI