Assam takes up major erosion control projects

It will spend Rs 238 crore for three major projects to control erosion of river Brahmaputra that is posing threat to important places of the state

Guwahati: Assam government is pumping in Rs 238 crore for three major projects to control erosion of river Brahmaputra which is posing threats to some important places of the state.

The water resource department of the state will start work for four erosion control projects in Dibrugarh, Palashbari and Rohomoria and near Kaziranga.

A government official statement said Rs. 96 crore will be spent for the erosion control project in Dibrugarh while another Rs. 82 crore has been earmarked to control erosion from Brahmaputra at Palashbari in Kamrup district.

Similarly another project costing Rs. 60 crore is being implemented for Rohomoria which has already seen large scale erosion.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently held a review meeting of the department and asked the water resource department to step up the process for starting works in the projects.

“Flood and erosion are the two major problems of our state and hence government is taking measures to control the erosion. Because erosion from river Brahmaputra is posing threats to our villages and towns,” said a source.

The state water resource department minister Prithvi Majhi informed the CM that works in the projects will start soon, said the source.

The river Brahmaputra is creating havoc every rainy season and has been washing away many areas.

The government is also taking measures to revamp the irrigation projects which have been lying non-functional due to lack of renovation. The chief minister recently asked the department officials to take up new projects to ensure that farmers of the state gets advantage of irrigation facilities and help improving agricultural productivity.