Himachal Pradesh police beef up security at Bhakra dam

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 23:28 IST

Himachal Pradesh police have reinforced security at Bhakra dam after the intelligence agencies raised fresh concerns over its security.

Sources told the Hindustan Times that intelligence agencies have asked the Himachal Pradesh police to beef up security at the dam site. “We have asked police to take the security measures at the dam,” said an official, who did not want to be quoted. Intelligence agencies have emphasised to upgrade the underwater security at the dam, besides stressing the need for installing more close circuit cameras at vantage points of the dam. The agencies have detected that the underground safety net at the dam was torn at many places. The safety net checks the flow of any unwanted material that could pose threat to the earthen dams. The intelligence agencies have accentuated the need for deploying more boats at the dam for monitoring the movement of “suspicious” elements at the dam. “Some of security concerns expressed by the police have been addressed while others are being looked into,” director general of police Sanjay Kumar said. “We are installing more security gadgets at the dam,” said he. The Himachal police have increased the strength of cops at the dam site.

“Earlier, the dam security was being manned by 120 cops from Himachal Pradesh, but now the strength is being increased to more than 200,” said he, adding that more barriers to keep tab on the travellers are being set up on the road passing close to Gobind Sagar - the water reservoir in Bliaspur.

Security at the Bhakra Nangal dam was also heightened two years ago, after intelligence agencies had intercepted a terror threat from the Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar- e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa.

The reports at that time had said that the Pakistani terror groups were planning a strike at the dam during the monsoon when water level in the dam remains at its peak, so as to cause maximum damage. Bhakra Nangal dam stores over 93,000 million cusecs of water.

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