The residents of Daranak Village, Geghamasar Community, Gegharkounik Region, are displeased with the actions of RA Nature Protection Ministry, which have been taken after their letter addressed to RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (with a copy sent to RA Nature Protection Ministry) demanding to stop the operation of “Daranak” SHPP, as the springs of the irrigation and drinking water of the village have died out because of the SHPP. The letter has been sent by Daranak resident Gyulnaz Grigoryan.
In reply to Gyulnaz Grigoryan’s letter, RA Nature Protection Ministry informed that the employees of Sevan Water Basin Management Department of Water Resources Management Agency of RA Nature Protection Ministry carried out an examination in operating “Daranak” SHPP on 13 March 2019.
In her interview with EcoLur, Gyulnaz Grigoryan said that the employees of RA Nature Protection Ministry having visited the village hadn’t carried out any water measurement but only took photos with the phone.
“We are displeased with the response of the ministry: we are particularly displeased that we have addressed the letter to Yerevan, but Sevan Division employee visited us – an employee that previously allowed the construction of “Daranak” SHPP,” Grigoryan outlined. “I told the villagers that water measurement had been carried out (according to the letter). Everybody was surprised because this person hadn’t done anything: he just took two photos of the water. The village head and the villagers were present there. Half of the population was near the water and there is around 1 km for the water to reach the village,” she said.
The response letter of Nature Protection Ministry has been sent on behalf of Chief Secretary of RA Nature Protection Ministry, Vahe Jilavyan. Here is the entire letter: “In reply to your letter dated on 4 March 2019 we would like to inform that on 13 March 2019 the employees of Sevan Water Basin Management Department of Water Resources Management Agency of RA Nature Protection Ministry carried out an examination in “Daranak” SHPP operating in the administrative area of Daranak Village in Geghamasar Community, Gegharkounik Region. During the visit the SHPP was not operating, the panel of the dam of the water intake section was open and the water was flowing into the river, the water amount made up 50lps. The examination has been carried out only in one spot of the water intake, examinations were not carried out in the water intake section of the left tributary because of the snow. Thorough examinations in “Daranak” SHPP will be carried out only after the snow melting.”
17:29 March 19, 2019