DMC mulling reservoir to store water of Nachan dam
Kolkata: The Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) is mulling the idea of creating a reservoir for storing the water of Nachan dam, located at a distance of 16 km from Durgapur town. DMC has plans to use the water of this dam if there is any problem with the Durgapur barrage in future.
It may be mentioned that the lockgate of Durgapur barrage had broken last month and there were apprehensions of water scarcity in the township. However, the state Irrigation department took up the repair work on war footing and prevented any unprecedented situation.
"We have spoken with the District Magistrate of West Burdwan and SDO and explored the probability of creating an alternative source to get surface water. The idea of creating a reservoir for storage of water for Nachan Dam was discussed," said Dilip Agasty, the Mayor of DMC.
It may be mentioned that top officials of the state Water Resources Investigation & Development (WRID) department, including the executive engineer, visited Durgapur a few days back and had said that Nacham dam can be an option in case of any emergency situation.
"We have to not only create a reservoir but also rejuvenate the dam. We are creating a Detailed Project Report (DPR) after being encouraged by the top officials of the WRID department and will submit it to the Principal Secretary," Agasty said.
According to the Mayor ,the stored water can not only be transported through a pipeline if there is any crisis, but also can be used for irrigation. The adjacent land is congenial for both Rabi and Kharif crops," he added.
The idea for the alternative source had come to the minds of the local administration after one of the sluice gates of Durgapur barrage on river Damodar got twisted and fell into the river on November 26, causing water to gush out to the lower catchment area and leaving the left upper catchment area dry.
The sweeping away of the twisted gate was "an unprecedented event," since the barrage was constructed in 1960 with the objective of checking floods.