NEEPCO says its dam has not caused Assam flood
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 17:03
Shillong: The state-run North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) Tuesday rubbished allegations that its Ranganadi Hydro-Electric project in Arunachal Pradesh was responsible for the current floods in Assam.

"The last time water was released from the dam was on May 17 when the water crossed the full reservoir level of 567-m mark. Yesterday, water level in the reservoir was 563.4 m," a NEEPCO official said.

The official rubbished allegations by locals in the media that excess water release from the 405 MW dam has caused the recent floods in Lakhimpur district of Assam.

"Whenever there is excess water, it is released in a controlled manner and that too after due intimation to the administration in Assam," he said.

In fact, he said, the NEEPCO has rather reduced the extend of flood and damage by maintaining the full reservoir level (567 m) by regulating the discharge in controlled manner and diverting 160 cusec of water for power generation through Dikrong river.

"The Ranganadi project in Arunachal Pradesh is a run-of-river scheme with a very small pondage. The natural flood occurring in the upstream of the project cannot be absorbed fully by the small reservoir," the official added.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 17:03

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