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NORTH LAKHIMPUR: A fire broke out at the 2000 MW NHPC Subansiri Lower Hydro Electrical project at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on Sunday.

The fire at the Subansiri dam site caused extensive damage to the properties belonging to National Hydro-electrical Power Corporation (NHPC) Ltd, sources said.

Smoke was seen billowing out from Station No 1 of the near-completion hydropower plant causing panic among people outside, the sources added.

Two mega generators inside the station were also damaged in the fire, said an official.

The fire was finally doused by firefighters from the NHPC. No casualties were reported in the fire incident.

Earlier on October 28, a huge landslide hit the near-completion plant by NHPC at Gerukamukh in Assam.

On October 12, a similar landslide affected the NHPC plant forcing the evacuation of workers.

The NHPC has postponed the commissioning of the plant twice in the last one year due to natural disasters like landslides.

It may be mentioned that the mega-dam project over the Subansiri river at Gerukamukh on the Assam-Arunachal boundary was originally scheduled to be operational in August, 2022.

On June 14 this year, Union power minister Raj Kumar Singh, while visiting Gerukamukh in Assam, said that the construction of the SLHEP was almost complete and would be commissioned next year.

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