Indian Side to Open Dhauliganga Dam Gate Today, Residents in Catchment Areas Advised to Stay Alert


The Indian side is scheduled to open the dam gate of Dhauliganga Hydropower Project located at Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand of India tomorrow.

The NHPC Limited and Dhauliganga Power Station informed the District Administration Office, Baitadi, stating that the dam gate would be opened from 8:00am to 8:00pm tomorrow.

Chief District Officer of Baitadi Suresh Panthi said that residents in the catchment areas of the Mahakali River had been cautioned to stay alert as the water level there could rise during and after opening the dam gates.

It is said that the dam is being opened to release water for cleaningpurposes after the increased level of water in the dam during the monsoon season.

The people residing on the riverbanks have been advised to stay on the safe side as the water level in the Mahakali River could increase, resulting in flooding.

The locals of Darchula, Baitadi, Dadeldhura and Kanchanpur districts have been cautioned not to visit the riverside during this time since the water flow and level in the river could go up. Indian officials open the dam of this project in monsoon season every year.

Property worth billions was damaged and more than 100 houses were inundated in the district headquarters of Darchula as flood occurred after the opening the Dhauliganga dam in 2013.