After death of 24 students, warning signs come up overnight near tragedy site in Mandi

Jun 12 2014, 12:43 IST
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Summary24 Students of an engineering institute in Hyderabad lost their lives in a flash flood caused by sudden opening of the flood gates of the hydel project.

Deputy Commissioner of Mandi Divesh Kumar as well as authorities of the Larji hydel project have put up separate signage and warning signs on the Mandi-Thalout road along Beas river advising the public and tourists not to venture into the river.

The move comes after 24 students of an engineering institute in Hyderabad lost their lives in a flash flood caused by sudden opening of the flood gates of the hydel project.

“It is hereby informed to the general public that venturing near river Beas is strictly prohibited as there are chances of increase in water level at any point of time resulting in any kind of mishap,” the warning reads.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had asked the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) to revisit the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and issue proper warning to the public before opening the flood gates.

The CM also passed the order for putting up a high barbed wire along the river side upto 3 kms of the Larji dam and directed use of proper sirens and hooters before the release of water.

The Mandi Deputy Commissioner acted fast, closely followed by Deputy Commissioner of Kullu Rakesh Kanwar who also ordered 100 such signages and warning boards to be displayed along Kullu-Manali highway.

“I have tried to ensure that no raft operator should start an adventure activity in the Beas without proper certificate and trained manpower as back up teams,” Kanwar said.

Meanwhile, Telangana home minister N Narsimha Reddy appreciated the state government’s efforts.

“I am happy the state government and the district magistrate of Mandi have taken the action on one of our suggestions as the Beas tragedy can also be attributed to a lack of information or warning to the students. It was not a tourist spot where all it happened on Sunday. Had there been a warning sign it could have been avoided,” he said.

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