Higher inflow to Doyang reservoir forced release of water: NEEPCO

Guwahati, August 6: Post the chief project officer of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) was summoned by the Golaghat Police, the NEEPCO stated that the water inflow to Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland was much higher than the normal range of inflow which necessitated the release of excess water by opening the gates at 5.30 am on July 27 in a controlled manner.

It may be mentioned that the BJP legislator from Khumtai, Mrinal Saikia had lodged an FIR against the NEEPCO for releasing the water from the Doyang reservoir without prior intimation which caused heavy flooding in Golaghat district.

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In a statement, the NEEPCO stated that the excess water beyond the capacity of the reservoir cannot be absorbed by it and flows to the downstream area.

The recent flood in the Golaghat district was due to unprecedented rainfall in the catchment of the Dhansiri river and the Doyang catchment was only a part, said NEEPCO senior manager LA Kharmawphlang, as quoted by media.

The NEEPCO further stated that the four radial gates opened on July 27 were closed on Sunday morning.

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Kharmawphlang stated  that the incessant rainfall in the upper catchment area caused the reservoir water level to increase abruptly since July 25. As per media reports, Kharmawphlang stated that the NEEPCO shared information with the Golaghat District Disaster Management Authority regarding the increase of water level in the reservoir.

Based on Saikia’s FIR, the Golaghat police have registered a case (no. 578/18) under Sections 120 B, 304A of IPC read with Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984. Saikia will also file a writ petition against the NEEPCO  in the Gauhati High Court.

In view of the deluge in Lakhimpur district created by the sudden release of excess water by the NEEPCO from its Ranganadi dam during previous years, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had strongly warned the NEEPCO authorities in July to not to repeat the mistake this year.

Directing the NEEPCO authorities to build a reservoir for holding water, the chief minister urged the organization to adopt advanced engineering technology and know-how and he warned the organization to stay prepared for paying for the losses of the people affected by the flood caused by Ranganadi dam’s water in the coming days.