The Centre has deputed the Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sanjeev Kumar Balyan to Assam for assessing the extent of damages caused by flood and erosion in the state.
Balyan, who is currently in the state on a two-day visit had a meeting with the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Arunachal Circuit House in Dibrugarh. The Minister assured Centre’s commitment to take up effective steps for solution of the problem in presence a few other ministers and officials of the water resources department.
The CM submitted a World Bank expert committee report on Brahmaputra to the minister. The report termed the flow and current of the river as very sharp and uncontrollable. He emphasised the use of modern technology to tame the Brahmaputra and to minimise the damage it caused in the state.
In order to save the state from the recurring flood and erosion problems, the CM also requested financial aid from the Centre, along with other assistance. He also drew the minister’s attention to the heavy siltation on the river bed that has substantially reduced the water-bearing capacity of the Brahmaputra.
Sonowal said the Brahmaputra and its tributaries will have to be controlled, as China did with the Hwang Ho. He also informed the Union minister that the state government had urged the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd to carry out dredging in the Brahmaputra and its tributaries. The comprehensive dredging of the Brahmaputra and it’s tributaries would facilitate inland water transport in the state.
The minister on his part said the Centre accorded top importance to the flood and erosion problems of the state. Pointing out the Centre’s sincerity towards solving the flood and erosion problem, he said PM Narendra Modi asked him to visit the erosion-hit areas of the state and assess the damage caused by floods. The minister is also slated to visit the erosion-affected areas of Majuli island before flying back to the capital tomorrow.