Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Dec 7:
A three member team from Union Water Resources Ministry have reached Sambalpur in Odisha today to study the condition of the world’s longest dam for a month.
The team will click pictures of cracks that have appeared in the walls of the dam for a thorough analysis of the damage. The team will also take under water photographs and other methods to analyse the problem in the dam.
The cracks from which water is leaking out will be stanched by using rubber.
Central Soil Material Research Station (CSMRS team under its divisional head of engineering group Alex Varghese is visiting the dam.
The team will use Remote Operate Vehicle (ROV) to take pictures inside water and conduct survey.
Earlier, the Odisha government worried by the growing siltation and consequent cracks in the Hirakud Dam Multi Purpose Project had asked help from three top national institutes.
The Chief Engineer, Hirakud Dam Project, Biswajit Mohanty, had written to the three premier agencies–National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, IIT-Chennai and Central Soil and Material Research Station, New Delhi—to conduct a survey on the dam and suggest remedial measures to check the siltation.
The authorities are worried over the threat posed to the dam by rapid siltation due to depleting forest cover in the upper catchment area and cracks in the spillways.
The construction of Hirakud Reservoir Dam began in 1948, it was inaugurated by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1957.
The Hirakud Dam Multi Purpose Project spread over 74,592 hectare became fully operational in 1966.