Dams Collapsed and Damaged in Himalayas

Devendra Budakoti

The Alaknandaga has cleared it’s path: Vishnupyrag HEP (400 MW) collapsed
In the recent flood in Alaknandaganga (near Badrinath Temple). When the waters rose, dam authorities failed to open all the gates of the DSCN4517dam. 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.

Some 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.

This 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

Report by Matu Jansangthan
see photos on http://matuganga.blogspot.in/

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