Chandigarh, Mar 22: Security at the Bhakra Dam in Himachal Pradesh has been beefed up following reports from central intelligence agencies that terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) intended to target the mega hydro-electric project.
The Bhakra Nangal dam authorities have banned the entry of
visitors inside the Bhakra Nangal Dam
Authorities have requested for CISF over to secure the dam from terrorist attacks. The 225-metre high Bakhra Dam is located nearly 20 km from Nangal town in Punjab and is spread over in area of 168 sq km. The dam on river Sutlej is in Himachal Pradesh along the hill state's border with Punjab.
Sources in the Himachal and Punjab police and also the Bhakra-Beas Management Board (BBMB) confirmed that security around the Bhakra-Nangal dam project had been put on high alert following intercepts of a telephonic conversation of LeT operatives in Pakistan that they could target the project.
The Bhakra Dam is crucial for power generation and water supply to northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.