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Water released from DVC creates flood situation; army on alert

West Bengal government kept the Army on stand by after a flood-like situation inundated five districts following release of huge quantity of water from the Damodar Valley reservoir without prior information.

kolkata Updated: Sep 07, 2009 21:29 IST

West Bengal government on Monday kept the Army on stand by after a flood-like situation inundated five districts following release of huge quantity of water from the Damodar Valley reservoir without prior information.

"Without any prior information, DVC has released 2.5 lakh cusecs of water which will create a flood like situation
in the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, West Midnapore and part of East Midnapore," state Finance Minister Ashim Dasgupta told reporters in Kolkata.

"This is not right", he said, adding the Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will write a letter to PM Manmohan
Singh requesting him that a mechanism should be developed so that release of water by DVC and also Subarnarekha barrage could be controlled.

Dasgupta earlier held a meeting with Irrigation Minister Subhash Naskar, Disaster Management Minister Mortaza Hossain and Minister of State for Civil Defence Srikumar Mukherjee to take stock of the situation.

While the DVC reservoir lies on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border, the Subarnarekha barrage is in Jharkhand.