Dehradun, Jan 17: The Tehri dam, one of the largest dams in Asia, is once again in controversy, as its lake is posing threat to a number of adjacent villages in Uttarakhand. The houses in a number of adjacent villages have developed cracks. The villagers say that the cracks are because of the dam, but the local administration says that it is still investigating complains of the villagers.
"Cracks have been seen in some places in the village and since the water level is receding, this area is under study. Once the investigation is over, some conclusion will be derived," said U. D Chaubey, DistrictMagistrate of Tehri.
The area was declared sensitive way back in 1989-1990. Around 12
villages are reportedly under serious threat with Kangsali, Nakot,
Raulakot and Bhallargaon Villages being the worst affected. A lot
of houses in these villages have developed cracks and the villagers
have been spending sleepless nights.
"In our village Nakot, there are cracks all over in the houses because of the lake. People have to stay awake in the night. This village is in danger. Everywhere houses have developed cracks," said Bhau Singh, a resident of Nakot village.
Built way back in 1978, the Tehri Dam on India's Bhagirathi River, is one of the world's largest and most controversial hydroelectric projects.
With a height of 260 meters (855 feet), the reservoir of the dam, the fifth highest in the world completely submerged historic Tehri Town and 40 villages while partially submerging 72 villages affecting around 100,000 people.