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MP: Villagers safely evacuated amid threat of under-construction dam seepage concerns; Army on site, IAF on standby

The safe place where these villagers were kept is 35 km away from the dam site. But disregarding the instructions of the administration, all these villagers are returning to their villages amid the ongoing leakage in the dam.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bhopal: The danger of rupture of the dam on the Karam river located in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh has increased, but the administrative teams are trying hard to save the dam. Leakage continues in the Karam Dam of Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. It is feared that if this leak is not stopped in time, then a big incident can also happen. The villagers who had left their village earlier, are now coming back again amid the fears of the dam breaking. The reason for the villager’s return to the village is being told to his cattle and farm. In view of the leakage in the dam, the administration had shifted people from 18 tribal villages to a safer place.

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About 200 soldiers of the army are engaged in stopping the leakage from the dam. Dhar’s SDM Roshni Patidar worshiped to save the dam.

All these villages are from Dhar and Khargaon districts. The safe place where these villagers were kept is 35 km away from the dam site. But disregarding the instructions of the administration, all these villagers are returning to their villages amid the ongoing leakage in the dam.

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has appealed to the villagers to stay in these camps only. In the midst of all this, water has started coming out of the under-construction dam from the parallel channel. Administration is present on the spot and is on alert mode.

Rescue Ops on Standby
-State Water Resources Minister Tulsi Silawat issued a statement on Saturday, saying that an army team, as well as NDRF, have reached Dhar to deal with an emergency.

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-Two helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been put on standby.

-Around 200 army personnel, including engineers, and three teams of the NDRF from Bhopal as well as from Gujarat’s Vadodara Surat have arrived.

-Each team has around 30 to 35 members. Besides them, eight groups of the State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF) are at work too.

Dam repair work can be done only after the water is removed. Sources have told NDTV that the completion of the work is getting delayed due to large stones.

Engineering and hydrology experts have been deployed to prevent the dam from collapsing under the rising pressure of 15 million cubic meters (MCM) of water. Of this, one-third is to be released immediately, sources said. The width of this dam is 590 meters and height is 52 meters, it has been prepared in the last four years. A total of Rs 304 crore has been spent in making it.

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Tulsi Silavat, Water Resources Minister of MP Government is on the spot along with another minister. The Indian Air Force is also helping in conducting the survey. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that many of our teams are working day and night under the supervision of senior scientists. I have already informed PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah about the incident. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sehrawat has also been informed about the incident.

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