The crore-worth Tapovan dam has been destroyed by the force of the river.
Tapovan Hydro-electric power dam is completely washed off following the glacier burst in Uttarakhand. The Tapovan dam or the Rishiganga project was on the confluence of Dhauli Ganga and Rishi Ganga rivers. It was around 280 km east of the state capital, Dehradun.
The 520 MV project was owned by the state-run NTPC Limited. It was being constructed at a cost of nearly Rs. 3000 crore.
Many people working at the facility are among the Approximately 170 people missing. NTPC stated that the avalanche had damaged a part of its Tapovan Vishnugad plant. The situation is being continuously monitored.
The 2 bridges at the entrance of Malari valley and near Tapovan have also washed away. The main road between Joshimath to Tapovan is intact.
Construction work and huts on the downhill valley are damaged. Rubble was seen from the entrance of Nanda Devi glacier till Pipalkoti and Chamoli.
Two IAF C-130 aircraft from Air Force Station Hindan have positioned NDRF teams at Dehradun. An additional ALH deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of affected areas.
Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations will continue from Tuesday, February 9.
Nearly 180 sheep and goats are speculated to have been washed away.
A multi-agency operation is carried out to clear a 1500-metre-long tunnel at Tapovan. personnel from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and some state disaster response teams are collectively working to clear the tunnel from slush, debris and slit. An estimation of 34 workers who are inside the tunnel needs to be rescued soon. Specialised equipment for the same has been deployed.
ITBP spokesperson, Vivek Kumar Pandey stated that there is massive debris inside the tunnel. About 80 metres inside the tunnel has been cleared and is accessible. around 100 metres more removal has to be done.
Mr Pandey added that around 300 ITBP personnel have been deployed at the site.
At least 12 workers have been rescued from a smaller tunnel in the area.
Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacier burst.