Situation Remains Unchanged At Kopili Hydel Project

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The situation at the Kopili hydel project at Umrangso in Assam’s Dima Hasao district has remained unchanged on October 9th, 2019. People residing on both the banks of the Kopili river spending sleepless nights as the water level of the river is rising gradually.

The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) chief executive member
Debolal Garlocha today visited the pipeline burst spot of the Kopili hydel project
and took inventory of the situation.

On October 8th, 2019, the North Eastern Electric and Power Corporation (NEEPCO) released water from Umrong dam of the hydel project through three gates which engulfed a maximum portion of the region and adjacent areas. As per information, the water rose up to 500-meter height and also caused massive landslide at the nearby hill.

NCHAC CEM Debolal Garlocha visited the Kopili Hydel Project on October 9, 2019. Photo: This correspondence

Then again, there
has been no hint of the four officials, who went lacking following a burst at
a water tunnel pipeline on October 7th, 2019. As per information,
the lacking officials were busy in repair works at the site when the
incident took place. The incident triggered massive flood resulting landslide
in the nearby hill. Officials said
the pipeline that supplies water to the project burst because of the leakage
resulting in wash absent of a minimum of four NEEPCO officials and properties.

As per information, the water tunnel that broke apart used to be repaired in 2018. The hydel project used to be the maiden project of NEEPCO after it came into existence in 1976.

Photo: This correspondence

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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