Ranchi, July 26: The two neighbouring states Jharkhand and Kolkata get into a irrelevant fight over flood. On Wednesday, Jharkhand government rubbished West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim that Jharkhand was releasing water without information, resulting into flooding in Bengal.
Basically, Bengal is downstream the Damodar river. The water flows downstream spilling the river’s banks and flooding villages along the course in Bankura, East Burdwan, Hooghly and Howrah districts. To this, Water Resources Minister Chandra Prakash Chaudhary said, “We are releasing water as per the inter-state agreement and considering the safety of the dams.” The minister said it was not monsoon rain but cyclonic rainfall taking place due to low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal. "We are getting water from Bengal from the sky and sending it back to Bengal through ground," he said in a lighter vein.
The Bengal Irrigation Department protested against the Damodar Valley Corp (DVC) decision to release water from Panchet Dam. Bengal claims that the water released from Panchet creates flooding-like situation for low-lying areas. To which, DVC has denied the allegations. Officials at the DVC said they did not release water according to their will. "The Damodar Valley River Regulatory Commission, in which a senior officer of the Bengal irrigation department serves as a member, decides how much water should be released. So whatever discharge takes place, the state government knows it," a DVC official said.
Since the dams have come to the danger mark, Jharkhand is releasing water from Tenughat, Patratu, Chandil and many others. And Bengal is irrigated and generates power from DVC. The catchment areas fall under Jhanrkhand and Bengal takes all the credit.