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Water discharged again without warning ,couple drowns

flood_representative picHimachal Pradesh government has not learned a lesson even after the Larji Dam incident which had killed 25 people on June 8.

Everest Power Private Limited which runs the 100 MW Malana-II power project in Malana, Kullu district of  Himachal Pradesh State, on Saturday allegedly discharged dam water without sounding any warning .When the water was released local residents were grazing cattle on Malana Nala. A couple alongwith their cattle was drowned after the Nala was flooded.

“The water was released around 1PM when a local couple was grazing cattle.They were drowned alongwith the cattle.Some local youths jumped into the Nala (rivulet) and somehow rescued the couple. However,they were not able to rescue the cattle.The poor people lost their animals,” a local resident told North India Times.

The locals protested against the management of Everest Power Private Limited which is accused of discharging water without giving any warning.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]The Malana Project is located in the Malana rivulet (Nala) in the picturesque Parvati Valley. The Parvati is a tributary of the Beas, one of the major Himalayan rivers. The valley is regarded as pristine in many ways – for its flora and fauna and for its rich cultural heritage.

The Parvati valley is home to the hot springs around which the Manikaran religious site has developed. And the Malana Nallah is where the famous Malana village is located at an altitude of about 3000 metres. One of the oldest settlements in India the ancestors of the village are believed to be the soldiers of Alexander’s army who fled and settled in the mountains. Their own unique language, culture and system of governance is what the village is known for.

The main occupation of the villagers is cultivation but the produce is not enough to suffice the needs of the inhabitants, thus cattle rearing and collection of medicinal herbs are the other sources of livelihood.

The people with their herds climb down to the areas of Mandi and Suket during winter. The main food crops include wheat, millet and maize. The whole land is in the name of the god of the village known as Jamlu Devta.Several tourists and researchers visit the area to document and learn about the practices of the Malanis. The spectacular landscape of the area with the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba shadowing over the village. [/box]

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