We need to be more careful
Five workers are feared dead as the slide buries them at the dam pit site in Mandgechu hydro power authority in Trongsa. The incident occurred at about 11 am last Friday and rescue efforts to evacuate them have failed due to incessant slide above the damp site area. They were de-watering the dam pit at the time of the incident.
The rescue work began about an hour after he mishap and efforts have been made to stabilize the slide area by using the excavator. The loose debris posed a great threat to the rescue workers. The rescue operation was called off that day and the operation began in the yesterday morning.
The five workers working with the Jai Prakesh Associates engaged with the electrical works on the water pump. The company is awarded with the construction of diversion tunnel, Dam, Intake structures, Desilting chamber and slit flushing tunnel.
The economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk travelled to Trongsa to investigate the landslide personally. The Minister is expected overseeing the recovery and relief effort.
The project management has regretted the harm caused to the five workers who got trapped in the debris. But the works on the construction of the dam will not be hampered too much. The management however said that the slides would not be a major setback. It would take about 10-15 days to clear the debris, after which the dam concreting works will resume. The slides will not affect the project’s schedule as reported by the project management.
The greater question with us now is who is responsible for the mishap. The project authority has said that the project will not be delayed and things will be normal after 10-15 days. It is always there that people will forget the incident and things will be normal.
But as we go on with such mishaps we must learn some more lessons and be extra cautious on the implementation of the hydro power projects. As there is a huge cost implication on the constructions of these projects, we must analyze careful in awarding the contracts to the right party and projects are to be carefully monitored. With a huge cost involved and hydro power projects working on loans it become equally important to breed our own technocrats to design the detailed project report (DPR) for our hydro plants.
Proper monitoring of the project and careful study on the risk mitigation for the hydroelectric projects must be done to avoid such mishaps in future. As we all know all life are precious and we cannot effort to lose them.