The Alaknandaganga has cleared it's path:
(see photos after the new)
Vishnupyrag HEP (400 MW) collapsed
the recent flood in Alaknandaganga (near Badrinath Temple). When the
waters rose, dam authorities failed to open all the gates of the dam.
Due to this, a 2 K.M. long reservoir was formed upstream of the dam.
Pressure from the water broke the dam and went on to wipe out the
Lambagad Village market.
shops in the Lambagadh market were already washed away when water was
released unannounced from the dam in 2012. When villagers asked for
compensation from dam authorities, dam authorities threatened to file
police cases against them.
This year, water from the upper reaches of Alaknandaganga came unannounced and demolished the Vishnupyrag HEP.
This was the first dam to be built under a Private Public Partnership on the Alaknandaganga. This dam has also destroyed Vishunupryag, the confluence of the Dhouliganga and Alaknandaganga.
We have news that Dams on Mandakini River such as Phata-Buyong HEP and Singoli-Bhatwari HEP badly damaged. Small dams on Madhaymaheshwer and Kali river are also badly damaged. These small dams were funded by Asian Development Bank.
The construction of all these HEPs are responsible for big Damage in the whole Gangavalley.
incident once again strengthens our argument that the Himalayas cannot
support big HEPs or other big structures. The government and planners
must understand the floods as an indication from nature and stop the
madness of HEPs.
Vimalbhai and Briharshraj Tadiyal
atlast the alakananda maatha has given her verdict on the dams though the govt kept quiteReplyDelete
Nice report Sir! People and govt. have to see the truth and that is not to interfere with nature. This event is clear indication for us to go back and do some soul searching.ReplyDelete
My fear is what will be the fate of people downstream of old dam structures like the Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala when such catastrophic floods are increasingly predicted due to climate change.ReplyDelete
Saji P G
Looks like a very accurate report...ReplyDelete
with the proofs...