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Leakage no threat to Odisha Hirakud dam: NCDS team

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, June 18:

The leakage in the powerhouse gallery will pose no threat to the Hirakud dam, members of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) told newsmen in Odisha’s Sambalpur on Tuesday.

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The four-member NCDS team comprising Er AD Mohile, chairman, NCDS, member Suresh Chandra, PK Mohanty, chief engineer, Odisha Dam Safety, and deputy director Er AK Das had arrived here on Monday to study the leakage in the powerhouse gallery of the dam.

The team conducted a detailed study of the leakage and later examined the main dam on Tuesday morning.

Later, briefing newsmen at Ashok Nivas, the team members said such leakages are quite common in all existing dams in the country.

“Though the amount of leakage in the powerhouse gallery of the Hirakud dam is higher compared to other dams, it will pose no threat to the main dam. However, efforts are on to find out the cause of the leakage”, Mohile said.

Among others, chief engineer (Mahanadi Upper Basin) Biswajeet Mohanty, superintending engineer (Hirakud Dam Area) RK Panda, superintending engineer (Main Dam) Yashobant Parida and Ramani Ranjan Sharma accompanied the NCDS team.

Sources said that the team, after its arrival in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, will have a meeting with the three-member expert team of the state — retired chief engineer (Dam Safety) Sudhakar Patri, retired engineer-in-chief (Water Resources) Ramesh Tripathy and retired chief engineer Ramesh Rath — who had visited the dam on June 4 to study the leakage.

“After analyzing the report of the three-member team, we will submit a final report to the State River Dam Safety department within five days,” Mohile informed.