India refuted the charges of opening Dhauliganga Dam

Indian Embassy refuted the charges that the recent flood in Nepal's Darchula district was caused by opening the flood gates of Dhauliganga Dam in Indian

June 21, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -1 June 14- 2013 (Jestha 31, 2070)

Indian Embassy refuted the charges that the recent flood in Darchula district was caused by opening the flood gates of Dhauliganga Dam in Dharcula India. According to Nepalese experts, the flood and devastation in far western region was caused by the opening of dam gate in Dhauliganga Dam.

 

"We have seen media reports to the effect that the floods in Darchula District of Nepal occurred after India opened the flood gates of the Dhauliganga Dam. During the monsoon season, as with all such projects, waters pass through the spillway. The Dhauliganga Hydroelectric Power Station is a run-of- the-river project based on a small daily reservoir without any change in storage levels.

Due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area on 16th June 2013, larger inflows passed through the Dam," said press release issued by Indian Embassy. According to Indian Embassy press release, Power generation thereafter came to a complete stop, with both the dam and the power-house plant being submerged and coming under heavy silting. The approach roads to the Dam have also been washed away. The question of India releasing the Dam water simply does not arise. It follows, therefore, that the Dhauliganga Dam has no impact on monsoon related flooding in the downstream areas of India and Nepal.

 

Indian Embassy says the Indian side has also suffered losses of lives and property as a result of the heavy monsoons in the catchment areas. Further, Sharda river received maximum discharge of 4.41 Lacs cusecs on 1ih June 2013 at 3.00 pm, which is a record. This was the result of the heavy rainfall since 16th June 2013 in the North Western region of India. The relevant agencies of the Government of India are working closely in coordination with those of the Government of Nepal to deal with the situation.

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