Guwahati: Heavy rainfall in Assam over the past few days has resulted in the collapse of the guard walls of the Subansiri dam. The guard walls had been constructed to protect the dam from overflowing water. This has caused a fear of floods among the people living in the surrounding area.
The Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHP) which is located at Gerukamukh in Dhemaji along the Assam-Arunachal Border is still under construction. In July 2020, two guard walls had broken down at the SLHP.
Recently, the Subansiri River had overflowed and submerged the powerhouse of the SLHP by breaking through the guard walls. In addition to that, the heavy rainfall has caused a landslide at Tunnel Road.
The Subansiri River is the largest tributary of the Brahmaputra. Lately, the river Brahmaputra has been flowing above the normal flood situations, causing its tributaries to overflow. This has led to the Subansiri River flowing above severe flood situations.
The Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project was visited by Union MoS for Power & Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar on Monday. The different sites of the project were reviewed by Gurjar on his visit.
The foundation stone of the SLHP's Turbine Assembly Unit 1 was also laid by Gurjar. The 160 kWp rooftop solar power plant put up at the new administration building of the SLHP was also inaugurated.
In December last year, NHCP Ltd had announced that it will commission the 2,000 MW Subansiri hydropower project by March 2021.
The project was put on hold for the past eight years starting from December 2011 to October 2019.