Himalayan Horror: Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam completely washed off

The 520 MW Tapovan hydro-electric project was being built at a cost of nearly Rs. 3,000 crore.

Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam in Uttarakhand, also known as Rishi Ganga Project, was completely washed off a glacier burst in the Chamoli district.  The 520 MW Tapovan hydro-electric project was being built at a cost of nearly Rs. 3,000 crore. It was reported by the Indian Air Force's initial report as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of affected areas.
 
"Construction work and hutments on valley bottom are damaged. Rubble was seen from the entrance of Nanda Devi glacier till as down as Pipalkoti and Chamoli along Dhauliganga and Alaknanda," the report said.
 
IAF tweeted:"Two IAF C-130 aircraft from Air Force Station Hindan have positioned NDRF teams at Dehradun, where Mi-17 and ALH helicopters are deployed for onward deployment to Joshimath. An additional ALH deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of affected areas."
 
Two An-32 aircraft have transported relief material and IN Marine Commando team to Dehradun. An IAF officer, as Task Force Commander, at Jolly Grant airport, is coordinating relief operations. HADR aerial ops will continue tomorrow, the report said.
 
Also heavy excavators have been brought in to remove the debris and slush and to open the tunnel near the Tapovan dam in Chamoli. Increased water in the local river has been hampering rescue efforts.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone's safety there." Home Minister Amit Shah also said the Modi government stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Uttarakhand.
 
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced ars4 lakh each to the kind of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst in Chamoli."The state government will provide financial assistance of Rs. 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased."
 
Nearly 180 sheep and goats were believed to have been swept away in the flash flood along with five locals including three shepherds and two women who were cutting grass had lost their lives in the disaster.

The Chief Minister said experts can tell the reason behind the glacier outburst, adding the government is focusing on saving the lives of people and the rescue operation.

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