Power Minister Abu Taher Mondal was all praise for the repairs to the Umiam dam today, though he called on district officials to increase levels of manpower on site in order to streamline traffic.
The decades-old dam and bridge is undergoing maintenance work to strengthen it and extend its lifespan. Work began in December and is expected to last four months.
Mondal led a high-level delegation to oversee the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) works today. The site visit aimed to assess the progress of critical DRIP works such as drilling and grouting.
During the visit, Mondal engaged in detailed discussions with representatives from contractor ITD Cementation India Ltd to ensure adherence to engineering guidelines.
“The Umiam Stage I Dam is not merely a structure of concrete and steel; it is a lifeline that powers homes, industries and the progress of our beautiful state,” Mondal waxed eloquently. “I am confident that with our collective efforts, we will not only ensure the safety of the dam but also pave the way for a brighter, more energy-efficient future for Meghalaya.”
Recognising the importance of traffic management along the dam, Mondal instructed district officials to increase manpower along the road flanks in both East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi in order to streamline traffic and enhance safety measures in the vicinity of the dam.