DAHANU EARTHFILL DAM TO BE STRENGTHENED DUE TO TREMORS 1,400 KUTCHA HOUSES DEVELOP CRACKS DUE TO TREMORS, GOVT TO COMPENSATE LOSS OF PROPERTY

MUMBAI : The 52 year old earth-fill dam in Dahanu is in danger due to the multiple tremors which is rocking Dahanu and Talasari since November 2018. There are plans to strengthen the dam from a possible disaster due to the quakes and the government has been approached to sanction funds to strenghten the dam,said Dr Prashant Narnaware, District Collector on Wednesday. The government will compensate the loss of property as we have found that out of the 1,500 kutcha houses in Dahanu and Talasari, around 1,400 houses have developed cracks in their structures, as majority of them are mud houses,said Narnaware.

KURJE DAM IN POSSIBLE DANGER

 

The Kurje dam also called as Daapcheri dam is an earth fill dam constructed in 1967 on the Viroli river in Dahanu and has a capacity of 9,400 cu mi and caters to 27 villages in the vicinity for drinking water. Said Narendra Patil, a resident of Daapcheri, if cracks develop in the dam, there would be disaster as 27 villages would be marooned. To strengthen the dam, around Rs 1.82 crore is needed  and we have asked the government to sanction the amount so that the civil work commences before the onset of monsoons, said Narnaware. As of now there is no threat to the dam, but with the spate of mild tremors recorded we have to take preventive measures,as till date no repair work has been conducted in the dam, said Narnaware. 

5 SEISMOGRAPHS INSTALLED

 

As of now 5 seismographs have been installed in Dahanu and Talasari by the IMD, Colaba and the National Seismic Institute, New Delhi in close association with the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad and scientists from IIT,Mumbai are also assisting us,said Narnaware. As of now, we do not know the cause of the tremors, but fault line has been detected (a fault line is a break in the earth's surface, where quakes usually occur along the fault lines),he said. We are also planning to set up a permanent seismographic station in Dahanu which will study the tremors and this would be the first such station in Palghar district and the Distrct will contribute funds for the construction,which will cover the fault lines, as Dahanu falls in Zone 3 of quakes which is mild, said Narnaware.  All areas prone to quakes along the fault lines will be surveyed by the above dpartments, he added. We have already provided tarpaulins and tents to the villagers in Dhundhalwadi and will conduct awareness campaign also. We have asked the vital installations in Palghar district that is BARC, TAPS, Reliance gas pipeline project and other vital installations to submit their Disaster Mitigation plans to us in case of such natural calamities and their reponse ,said Narnaware.

WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL KHADIAS (LABOURERS)

 

As majority of the houses are "kutcha"houses, constructed by local khadias (untrained labourers) we will be conducting workshops for them so that they could build strong structures, and in future all houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana in Dahanu and Talasari will have earthquake resistant designed houses,said Narnaware.  

COMPENSATION UNDER CM RELIEF FUND FOR DEAD TODDLER

Meantime, the relatives of the Vaibhavi Bhuyal (2) who died while running away due to the tremors last Friday, where 6 tremors with one measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale, would be compensated under the CM Relief Fund, as the case is an exceptional one and the CM can compensate the family,said Narnaware.

 

STEPS TO REDUCE ABSENTEEISM IN ZP SCHOOLS

To counter the absenteeism in ashramshalas in Dahanu and Talasari as the students are fearing the quakes we have requested the parents to send their wards back to the school, and we will examine all ZP schools as they are very oldstructures and do remedial measures,said Narnaware. As of now, there are 50 per cent absenteeism by tribal students and we will conduct extra classes to make up for the loss of classes,said Narnaware.

 

36 JAWANS FROM NDRF IN DAHANU

 

A team of 36 jawans from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Pune led by Sub Inspector Arkit Jena , with around 200 tents, have rushed to Dhundalwadi in Dahanu which is the epicentre for the spate of mild tremors since November 2018.  

Said Rahul Sarang, Tehsildar, Dahanu, the NDRF comprises of 36 jawans who are equipped with sufficient Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) equipments including generators, power angle cutters,circular saws,electric drills,fire extinguishers,portable oxygen breathing unit sets,Distress Signal unit,inflatable lightning tower,cordless hammer drill,spare batteries,gas cutters,life detectors and other equipments which is needed in case of emergencies due to destruction in an earthquake,said Sarang.

Arround   42 spots in 12 villages in Dahanu and Talasari where the NDRF have set up the 200 tents so that people can stay in them, the tents are Family Ridge types, wherein a family can temporarily comfortably stay during emergencies. We have also requested the Bhakti Vedanta Hospital, Dahanu to allow residents to stay in the hospital, as the tents are insufficient to cater to the population of the village,said Narnaware. Three medical teams are on standy in the village for any emergencies,he said.

We have sanctioned Rs 10 lakh to the NDRF as emergency funds, needed for expenses and the payment will be released by the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Dahanu with immediate effect,said Narnaware. Though 15 tremors were reported last Friday, the seismograph recorded 6 till friday evening, said Sarang.

IRRIGATION, PWD TO CONDUCT STRUCTURAL AUDIT

 

Meantime, the Irrigation department as well as the Public Works Department (PWD) have been told to conduct structural audit of the Surya dam, roads and bridges in Dahanu to study any cracks had developed due to the tremors and take preventive measures so as to avoid any natural mishap,said Narnaware.

Said Jena of the NDRF we are here in Dahanu to quell fears amongst the people of Dhundalwadi and other adjoining areas of the mild tremors. Fortunately, no major quake have been reported and we will conduct awareness campaigns so that the people do not fear the mild tremors. There is no timelimit of our stay in Dhundalwadi and we will return only after we instill confidence amongst the people in regard to the quakes,said Jena.