NEEPCO says its dam has not caused Assam flood

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 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.


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First Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 17:03

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