By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: The incessant rains occurring since a few days in the upstream areas of Arunachal Pradesh has intensified the flow of water at the river Subansiri and consequently caused major damages to the NHPC’s under-construction Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP).
A highly placed source informed Time8 that a wave of the river water collapsed the guard wall of the powerhouse on Wednesday morning. “Following the collapsing of the guard wall, the entire powerhouse was flooded within no time. Presently, the powerhouse is still being submerged by flood,” the source said.
The 2,000MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectric power project (LSHEP) is located on Subansiri River, which is on the border of India’s two north-eastern states, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The project is being developed by the state-run National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
The source claimed that the flood water had been flowing above the construction of the main dam that caused devastation in the downstream areas.
Ever since the beginning of this year’s monsoon season, the flood had caused major damages to the construction of the NHPC’s project several times.
Taking cognizance of the repeated collapse, the indigenous organisations, students’ unions and the conscious natives of the state have been strongly criticising the mega dam and demanding re-examination of the project.#
Moreover, in the month of July, 2020 itself, the NHPC authority had to face rigorous protests by the All Assam Students’ Union, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and others while transporting heavy machineries to the project site.
The NHPC authority, as usual, were not available for comment.