LAKHIMAPUR: Due to heavy and incessant downpour in entire North Assam and neighbouring State of Arunachal Pradesh for last two weeks, the water level in the catchment area of Ranganadi Hydro Electric Plant (RHEP) has been rising.
As a result of it, NEEPCO, the operating organization of RHEP, released the excess water from Ranganadi Dam, located at Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh, by opening its Radial Gate No. 4 by 300 mm from 2:16 pm at first. Thereafter, the excess water was released by opening the same Gate by 500 mm from 2:20 pm, by 1000 mm from 2:30 pm, by 1500 mm from 2:50 pm, by 2000 mm from 3:00 pm, by 2500 mm from 3:30 pm, by 3000 mm from 3:35 pm, by 3500 mm from 3:45 pm, by 4000 mm from 4:00 pm, by 4500 mm from 4:15 pm, by 4000 mm from 6:15 pm. The Gate has been open by 3700 mm since 6:30 pm till filing this report. As per report found from the RHEP authority and District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), 605.25 cumecs of excess water were discharged from the dam through the RHEP Radial Gate at 5.00 pm.
Due to the discharge of this amount of the excess water, the water level of the River Ranganadi in the downstream area of Lakhimpur district has been rising. In the meantime, surge of released excess water swept away the Gobarishali and Panch Noi area connecting bamboo bridge, affecting the communication of the people living in these two areas.