A total of thirteen anti-erosion works schemes in the state have been taken up by the state department of irrigation and flood control under the developmental activities on water resources. This was disclosed at the meeting of the 52nd Brahmaputra board meeting at Hotel Saramati here on Monday.
According to a record made available by the department of irrigation and flood, Nagaland, on drainage works, the department has taken up a 2 km length of drainage works at Dimapur airport drainage system under NEC funding at an expenditure of Rs. 364.09 lakh. It was also revealed that the out of the four power projects in the state, the power generation during 2009-10 was only 25.34 mw, while the power requirement for the state was 200mw. Due to this reason the state was depending 90percent of power from the central sector power allocation.
Various developmental activities taken up by the department at various places under central schemes were also highlighted to the representatives from Northeastern states at the meeting. Nagaland is hosting the Brahmaputra board meeting for the first time since its inception.
Earlier, in his welcome address, secretary department of irrigation and flood control B. Thawang Konyak said Brahmaputra Board was constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1980 for the welfare of the entire Northeastern states, particularly for water resources development activities. According to Thawang, Nagaland was enjoying centrally sponsored schemes under Flood Management Programme (FMB) after the inclusion of Barak river basin and Tizu river basin in Nagaland sector in the extended Brahmaputra Board Act.
Through this, the state could protect the most vulnerable erosion towns in Dimapur, Chumukedima, Jalukie, Niuland, Naginimora and Tizit, said Thawang. Pointing out that Nagaland being a hilly state, having an average annual rainfall ranges from 2000mm to 2500mm lasting from the month of May to September, was creating chronic problem of land slides, the secretary appealed to the board to seriously look into the issue. In conclusion, to help every state enjoy its due share from the welfare provided by the board, the secretary suggested for creation of a closer co-ordination with all the states under its control in matter of technical advice, distribution of guidelines applicable to all the states and formulation of annual programme.
Representatives from all the Northeastern states attended the meeting.