A severe nonstop rainfall triggered a massive landslide Dikchu area in the Teesta-V Power Station region. After more than 48 hours of rain, the situation went to worsen. According to the report at 7.30 pm on June 27, 2020, said: “A massive landslide caused severe damage to a dam of the NHPC Teesta Stage-V project site at Apdara in East Sikkim”, as PTI & Central Water Commission’s Flood Forecasting said.
It was a massive avalanche with rocks land sliding that was sitting on top of the dam. This incident took place on the left abutment hillside of the Dam Axis. It fell from a height of about 40 meters from the Dam top. This incident, severely damaged the 55-meter high dam of the 510 MW Hydropower Project of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), possibly in the late hours of June 26, 2020, or early hours of June 27, 2020.
Due to this slide, the access to Dam Control Room (DCR) along with the electrical connection to the Dam top was isolated. The local life in Aapdara village was at stake as NHPC Stage-V Dam lies 90 degrees below Aapdara village which is the inhabitation of 27 families. Lum & Lingtyang village of Lower Dzongu of North Sikkim was isolated from the rest of the district due to this massive landslide. All these areas of North Sikkim become inaccessible for vehicles due to this gigantic rock fall.
Teesta V Hydropower Project Restoration
A part of the Dam Gate weighed 40 tons broken and fell in Teesta water which was making problems in power generation which was affecting the local area. We had to erase the objections.
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4 pcs of underwater lift bag with the capacity of 10 tons each was delivered for this site requirement. They were able to make float almost 40 tons of dissolved gate. This way the project goal was met well. Electricity and accessibility were restored to the damaged area of Sikkim.
NHPC Teesta Stage-V hydropower project was totally restored.