Under pressure to restore flood-damaged structures on a war footing, Assam government has sought Rs 2393 crore assistance from the Centre to take up various flood-damage repair works including major breaches to embankment caused by the Brahmaputra and many of its tributaries in the current wave of flood that has started receding.
The request for fund was submitted before the seven-member inter-ministerial team from New Delhi which arrived in Assam on Tuesday to make an on-the-spot assessment of the damage caused by the floods in the worse-affected districts of Bishwanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Cachar, Hailakandi and Krimganj during July 25 and 28.
‘We have made our own preliminary assessment and submitted a detailed list of damage caused to infrastructure under various departments by the current wave of floods. Of the Rs 2939 crore that we have listed in our assessment, about Rs 1800 crore would be required to repair and strengthen embankments and other flood control measures under the water resources department alone,’ State Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia informed.
‘The Brahmaputra and its tributaries have caused as many as 20 breaches on their embankments in the current wave of flood, and those needed be plugged in no time as a temporary mitigation measure to prevent further damage to the structures. There may be more wave of flood as the monsoon is not yet over. Over 1000 roads have been damaged and 184 breached. Fifteen bridges have been badly damaged, while approaches to 187 bridges have been washed away. The floods have also fully damaged over 3,000 dwelling houses apart from partially damaging about 23,000 houses in 29 districts in the past two months,’ Pipersenia said.