GUWAHATI, May 15 - The North Eastern Electricity Corporation (NEEPCO) has asserted categorically that the two dams and other hydro structures of the 600-MW Kameng Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh are in sound condition without any defect and the apprehension expressed by some quarters over the failure of its dams and subsequently, leading to devastating flood in the downstream areas is totally unfounded.
The public sector power company said in a statement here that its attention has been drawn towards certain news items carried by a section of the print and the electronic media which have reported penstock leakage, dam failure, etc., in the 600-MW hydel project and the apprehension of consequent flood in Sonitpur district of Assam.
It has clarified that the project is one of the most prestigious hydroelectric projects of the country and was scheduled to be commissioned in March, 2018. During the pre-commissioning check of the project, some moderate leakage points were detected in the steel penstock. Immediately on detection, the penstock was dewatered for full inspection and testing of all circumferential joints with ultrasonography as a safety protocol.
Thorough inspection is presently in progress and necessary rectification works have also been started. The project shall be commissioned after completion of the on-going inspection and rectification of the steel penstock, the power company said in its statement.