GUWAHATI: In view of rupture of water pipe line in Kopili Hydel Project of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation’s (NEEPCO) in Umngsu, leading to damage of properties in the power plant, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal instituted an inquiry. DIG South Assam Division P.K. Dutta has been asked to carry out the inquiry. Sonowal asked Minister in charge of Hill Areas Development, Mines and Minerals Sum Ronghang to visit the accident site with a high-powered team to take stock of the situation. The high-powered team will also have MP Haren Sing Bay, MLA BB Hagjer, Dr. Nomal Momin, Chief Executive Member of Dima Haso Autonomous Council Debolal Gorlosa. Sonowal on Fridayheld a meeting with the senior officers of the NEEPCO and took a first hand information of the incident. He also asked them to take technology driven remedial steps to avert the recurrence of such incidents. On October 7 kopili hydro power project faced a problem when water supply line developed leakage leading to the flooding of power station. Three people are still missing. The penstock (pipe) carrying water from the tunnel to the power house burst around 4.30 am on October 7 and in the process the isolating valve, meant to stop the water flow also got damaged, leading to the tragedy.
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