Torrential rain in Durgapur and the adjoining area in the last couple days has greatly affected normal life. Though major parts of Durgapur are highland with an average altitude of 65 m above sea level, yet severe and continuous downpour from 6th August till today has resulted in water logging in quite a few areas. Many mud houses in and around Durgapur slid in this incessant rain. If this kind of downpour continues for some more days, there will be a flood-like situation in many areas.
According to meteorological report development of low pressure in the area is the cause of such severe rain. Though there has been a brief period of sunny weather in the morning, but it didn’t lasted longer and the sky once again became overcast with black nimbus cloud. Forecast of the meteorological department does not assure any improvement of the weather condition in next 24 hours. More rainfall is likely to happen in the next 24 hours. An official of the met department said, – “along with the low-pressure formation, an associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-troposphere level tilting towards south-west. Increase in the height of the cyclonic circulation could be a factor for its increased strength. The circulation extends up to 5.4 km asl,”. Another cyclonic circulation exists over Bihar and adjoining Jharkhand extending up to 3.6 km. All these are cumulatively responsible for such incessant rain in the last couple of days and are likely to continue for some more days.
Another major cause of concern is the release of water large volumes of water by the Durgapur Barrage, in the last couple of days. According to Mr Abani Roy, executive engineer, Damodar Headworks Division, “uncontrolled downpour in the catchment areas is a matter of serious concern and more water could have to be released from Durgapur barrage if Maithon dam releases more water. The discharge has already flooded around eight villages in Barjora and Sonamukhi blocks of Bankura. Though Durgapur barrage maintained its discharge at 84,000 cusecs throughout the day yesterday, but due to sudden influx of fresh water intake from the Tenughat dam, the Durgapur barrage is likely to increase its release up to 1.20 lakh cusecs by the midnight.
Meanwhile, the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), a state backed statutory body now has proposed for a Damodar Action Plan similar to the Ganga Action Plan. After a meeting at its headquarters in Durgapur today, the Chairman of ADDA, Mr Tapas Banerjee said: “We are sending a proposal to the state irrigation minister to pursue the matter with the Centre which would help de-siltation of the Durgapur barrage. We have proposed to bring the work under JNNURM which would phase out multiple difficulties.”