Dhar, Madhya Pradesh:
Teams from the military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, where a breach in the wall of a dam under construction on the Karam River has set off alarm bells.
Two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters have been put on standby to deal with any emergency, officials said.
The government said the water will be safely drained from the reservoir to relieve pressure on the wall.
The opposition congress questioned the quality of the dam’s work and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government of corruption in the project worth Rs 304 crore.
A leak of water from the dam was reported around 1 p.m. on Thursday. The dam’s reservoir filled with water for the first time this monsoon while it was under construction, officials said.
As a precautionary measure, people from 12 villages in Dhar district and six villages in Khargone district have been relocated to safer places, they said, adding that these settlements were downstream from the dam.
State Minister of Water Resources Tulsi Silawat issued a statement on Saturday saying that an army team has reached Dhar to deal with an emergency and that the NDRF has also started work.
He said the situation is fully under control and the water from the dam is being drained safely to reduce pressure on the reservoir walls.
Mr Silawat is at the dam to monitor the situation, the release said.
The dam is coming up and will cost Rs 304 crore, of which Rs 174 crore has been spent so far, official sources said.
About 200 military personnel, including engineers, and three teams from the NDRF from Bhopal and Gujarat’s Vadodara Surat have reached Dhar. Each team has about 30 to 35 members. In addition to them, eight groups of the State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF) are at work in Dhar, they said.
Two IAF helicopters have been put on standby, the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home Dr Rajesh Rajora said in a statement.
The 590-meter-long and 52-meter-high dam, a medium-sized irrigation project, has 15 million cubic meters (MCM) of water in the reservoir, he said.
In addition to Mr Silawat, Industry Minister Rajvardhan Singh Dattigaon is also at the dam, officials said.
Speaking to PTI, Congressional MLA Dr. Hiralal Alawa, who represents the Manawar Assembly constituency in Dhar, that a weak foundation of a dam valued at Rs 304 crore was laid to make money and caused the water to leak.
“The weak foundations could not withstand the pressure of the water. The leak smacks of rampant corruption in dam construction, endangering the lives of more than 26,000 people living downstream,” he added.
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