Taking note of the tragedy occurred due to the Tiware dam breach on Wednesday, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has reportedly directed an inquiry to be conducted into the case. Sources have reported that Fadnavis has assured that those officials responsible for the technical failure in the dam will be punished. He has also asked the water resources minister Girish Mahajan to visit the site.
The dam in the Ratnagiri district which breached on Tuesday has claimed 6 lives while 20 people are feared to be missing. Rescue operations are still underway.
Maharashtra Congress has demanded on Wednesday the resignation of the state water resources minister Girish Mahajan, who incidentally is a close-aide of the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the Tiware dam breach. They have also demanded why a criminal case of 'faulty manslaughter' has not been filed against the minister.
(Two years ago, the Tiware dam was damaged in Chiplun and in two years this government was not even able to do repairs of this dam. Being busy with political outbursts, the state water resources minister did not have time to notice the issue. Why should a criminal case of 'faulty manslaughter' be filed against the minister?)
Earlier in the day, Chiplun Shiv Sena MLA Sadanand Chavan, who had complained about the leaks in the Tiware dam 4 months ago, has claimed that required repair work has not been done on the dam. Incidentally, he had constructed the dam, 14 years ago.
"I had complained to the water resources authorities about the leaks in the dam but looks like they have not done the work. This dam was constructed by me almost 15 years ago. Even if they have done repair work, they have not done it properly. I got complaints about the leaks 4-5 months ago," said Chavan.
In a tragic event caused by incessant rains in Maharashtra, a small dam named Tiware in Chiplun village in Ratnagiri district has breached on Tuesday, causing a flood-like situation in 7 downstream villages, as per ANI. The breaching of the dam which had a capacity of 0.08 Thousand Million Cubic feet (TMC), has caused approximately 22-24 to be reported missing.
While a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been dispatched to Tiware from Sindhudurg district, another follow-up NDRF team has also been deployed from Pune, as per sources.
As per sources, Civil authorities have recovered dead bodies of 6 persons so far. Furthermore, 12 houses in the hamlet adjacent to the dam have been washed away. Recoveries of missing people are anticipated to continue in the downstream and in the creek with the help of civil administration, police, and volunteers who are working at the site, according to ANI.