Uttarakhand flash flood caused loss of Rs 1,500 cr at NTPC Tapovan project site: RK Singh

  • The project was scheduled to be commissioned in 2023. But there is a question mark now on how long it will take to desilt it as lakhs of tonnes of silt is lying at the project site, said Singh

  • Sources present at the site said that the damage caused is massive and the barrage of the dam has been washed away completely

New Delhi: A day after a glacier near Raini village above Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand burst causing a flash flood, Power Minister RK Singh visited the under-construction project site of NTPC Limited and pegged the estimated loss from the flood at Rs 1,500 crore. PSU Watch had earlier reported that over 140 workers at NTPC’s 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project have been missing. Sources present at the site, who spoke to PSU Watch on the condition of anonymity, said that the damage caused is massive.

“The project was scheduled to be commissioned in 2023. But there is a question mark now on how long it will take to desilt it as lakhs of tonnes of silt is lying at the project site. As of now it is difficult to say when we will be able to resume work at the site  and when the project will be commissioned,” said the minister. However, Singh ruled out any possibility of the project being scrapped.

Here are pictures from the site of devastation:

The tunnel at NTPC's Tapovan project site is filled with silt.

 

Another picture of the tunnel.

 

ITBP personnel engaged during a rescue operation.

 

Rescue operation underway at NTPC's Tapovan project site in Uttarakhand.

 

The estimated loss due to the flash flood at the NTPC project site is Rs 1,500 crore.

 

ITBP personnel during a clearance operation.

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