As rivers flow above danger mark, mismanagement of dam cited as sole reason for Bihar floods

| Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:37
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Thakkar also points out that an absence of a national policy on silt management may also have worsened the flood

New Delhi: The Monsoon rainfall in Bihar has been less than expected this year, but the massive deluge which created heavy flood-like situation in prominent regions across Bihar are all linked to one specific reason — mismanagement of dam. Due to the release of water from Nepal, there has been more collection of water in the dam which could've been managed effectively.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about Bihar floods and sought his immediate help in the matter so that the extent of the damage could be curbed.

Due to the unprecedented release of water, the Bansagar dam has been collecting water for over a month. Because it started releasing water when the dam had accumulated more than 95% its capacity of water, it created a conundrum for officials handling the dam.  When the gates were opened to let the water out, the massive deluge was unavoidable. Then due to the release of the unprecedented mass of water, Ganga levels started to rise which led to deluge in Patna.

Environmentalist and water conservationist Himanshu Thakkar observes, "If Bansagar dam had not released water during this period of floods in the downstream area, the unprecedented floods in Bihar and UP could have been avoided. It shows mismanagement of the dam by Bansagar Control Board where Bihar is also a party to it along with MP and UP."

Thakkar also points out that an absence of a national policy on silt management may also have worsened the flood situation in Bihar. Also, due to the construction of Farakka barrage, massive amount of silt has been deposited in the soil, said the environmentalist. Bihar floods have resulted in displacement of families.

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