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Water supply from Malsisar dam restored

Deluge: Malsisar dam in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan after the breach on March 31.

Deluge: Malsisar dam in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan after the breach on March 31.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

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The dam had breached in March just three months after it was built, inundating several areas

Water supply from a dam built at the Kumbha Ram Arya lift canal project near Malsisar town in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district, which had breached on March 31 this year, has been restored. The dam has started supplying 14 million litres per day (MLD) of water to five towns of the district and 114 villages in the region.

Vast areas inundated

The water released from the dam, situated 210 km away from Jaipur, had inundated several areas and created chaos in the region, though there was no loss of lives in the incident. A large number of cattle and vehicles were swept away in the torrent when a portion of the dam first developed cracks and later breached. The dam’s reservoir has the storage capacity of 1.5 million cubic litres of water.

At the time of breach, the dam had 80 MLD of water in terms of supply, stored at a height of 9 metres. It was constructed barely three months before the mishap.

The State government registered a first information report, besides imposing a hefty penalty of ₹2.75 crore, against a construction firm which had built the dam. Two executive engineers of the Public Health Engineering Department, looking after the water supply works in the State, were placed under suspension and a three-member committee was appointed to probe into the incident.

Water treatment

PHED Principal Secretary Rajat Kumar Mishra said here on Thursday that the construction company had installed four submersible pump sets for draining out raw water and restarted clean water pumps. Water was being treated and cleaned before its supply.

Water supply has been restored to Jhunjhunu, Bagad, Mandawa, Khetri and Gothda towns as well as 98 of the 114 villages where it had earlier stopped.

Following the breakage, the rescue teams had evacuated the project officials and labourers who were trapped in the dam'’ filter plant, control tower and administrative building. The State government had rushed the State Disaster Relief Force teams from Jaipur to Malsisar.

The lift irrigation project, bringing the Himalayan waters to Jhunjhunu district through Indira Gandhi Canal, was completed at a cost of ₹588 crore and had started supplying drinking water in its first phase.

Launched in August 2013, the project had set the target to supply water to 1,473 villages and Malsisar, Khetri, Jhunjhunu and Sikar towns.

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