Ranganadi not the cause of flood woes, claims NEEPCO

Guwahati, July 12: North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) in a press statement on Wednesday claimed that had Ranganadi Dam not been there the situation would have been far worse than the present situation.

A similar situation had occurred back in 2008 when various Committees had visited the site and agreed that this is a natural phenomenon and not connected to NEEPCO.

Moreover, the press statement clarified about the 405 MW Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project developed by NEEPCO on river Ranganadi in Arunachal Pradesh is a run-of-river scheme with a very small pondage. The full reservoir level of the Project is El 567.0 metre.

“The excess water beyond the capacity of the reservoir flows in the downstream area. The reservoir provides cushioning effect in controlling the downstream discharges,” adding, “the maximum discharge of 160 cumec of water from Ranganadi reservoir is utilised for hydro power generation which is eventually diverted to Dikrong river through tail race channel which helps in mitigating the downstream discharges,” stated in the release.

It may be mentioned that due to constant torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of river Ranganadi since June 30, the flow of water increased substantially and achieved the maximum at 3 pm on July 9, 2017.

Earlier, United Liberation Font of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) in an emailed statement to the media informed that they have demanded NEEPCO flood relief for victims along with appropriate compensation to those affected downstream. The outfit has also blamed NEEPCO for creating the vulnerable situation in the region by releasing excess water from its Ranganadi Hydel Power Project from the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh.