Locals asked to take precautions as Indian officials plan to open Dhauliganga dam


BAITADI, July 10: The dam of Dhauliganga Hydro Power Project located at Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand of India is being opened on Tuesday.

The NHPC Limited and Dhauliganga Power Station informed the District Administration Office, Baitadi, on Sunday stating that the dam would be opened from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm on coming Tuesday.

Chief District Officer of Baitadi Suresh Panthi said residents in the catchment areas of the Mahakali River have been asked to remain alert as the water level there could rise during and after the opening of the dam.

It is said that the dam will be opened to release water for cleaning purposes 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.

Likewise, the locals of Darchula, Baitadi, Dadeldhura and Kanchanpur districts have been cautioned not to visit the riverside during this time.

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 the flood occurred after the opening of the Dhauliganga dam in 2013.