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Rise in water level: Tehri DM tells officials to keep strict vigil on dam

District magistrate of Tehri and director Rehabilitation, Nitesh Kumar Jha monitored and inspected the Tehri dam and its surrounding areas on Tuesday. He along with THDC GM DK Govil directed the concerned officials and engineers of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) to keep strict vigil in the latest developments and ensure regular release of water. Due to heavy rains in the state, the rising water level in the 855 ft high Tehri dam reservoir has become real concern for the district administration and THDC officials.

Two days back, the water level in the highest dam touched 816.7 metres, while the dangerous level is 825 metres. The Bhagirathi river and its tributaries are overflowing due to incessant rain, which are major source of water to the dam. Today, 570 cumecs of water was released to maintain the normal level of dam, and there is no danger to Haridwar and Rishikesh cities, according to district officials.

On Monday, in Chinalisaun region of Tehri district, a suspension bridge collapsed and sank into the dam. The district administration has make arrangements of two motor-boats to ferry villagers to and fro. Due to cloudbursts and landslides, many trek routes are broken, thus adding woes to villagers who are facing the brunt of nature from 16 June.
Sandeep Bankhwal

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