Guwahati, October 9, 2019:

Senior Congress leader Durga Das Boro on Wednesday condemned the Assam Government for its inaction after the bursting of the water tunnel in Dima Hasao district of Assam.

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While addressing the press from Rajiv Bhawan, the Congress leader said that the NEEPCO pipe blast has affected many people, and four people still remain untraceable.

Boro said that despite the passage of two days, the NEEPCO is yet to trace the people who are feared trapped.

“Despite so many facilities in the Northeast and NEEPCO ulitizing those, however, the present Government is handing everything out to private corporations”, he said, adding that the Government, despite incurring significant losses, is still running the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation.

Rescue operations are still to begin at the pipe blast site after at least four persons, who were feared trapped inside a pump house after a pipeline carrying water to a hydro-power plant burst in Dima Hasao district of Assam, remained untraced.

Haflong local Daniel Langthasa said that today, a team from the main North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) headquarter were supposed to visit the site to rescue the trapped employees, but it could not be done.

“Rescue operations have not yet started. The authorities released dam water, but the place where the workers are trapped is 2 floors underground, which makes it difficult for the rescue team”, Langthasa told Inside Northeast.

Langthasa further informed that although the ground level water has subsided, the pipes at the site are still leaking.

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