Downstream people seek protection

ITANAGAR, Nov 6: Alarmed by the frequent discharge of dam water from the Pare hydroelectric project onto the downstream area, the Pare Project Downstream Welfare Committee (PPDWS) has raised the issue with the chief secretary, demanding construction of protection walls at vulnerable areas.
In a representation, the PPDWS said frequent discharging of water from the dam was eroding horticulture and agriculture land in multiple areas of Rose, Chiputa, Manni, Lekha and Midpu villages. The discharged water is also adversely affecting the land in the villages and has washed away plantations, it said, adding that
protection walls are necessary to protect the vulnerable areas from rapid erosion.
The committee also sought measures to protect the four wire rope suspension bridges constructed at four different locations downstream of the project, saying the bridges are on the verge of collapse owing to discharge of excessive water from the dam.