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Gogoi falls short of Rohmoria hope
Published on 30 Dec. 2010 11:25 PM IST
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Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday failed to impress the residents of Rohmoria in Dibrugarh district by not laying enough emphasis on anti-erosion measures in his election-oriented speech.
Rohmoria under Chabua revenue circle is waging a battle for survival with the Brahmaputra threatening to engulf it and the patience of the people is wearing thin in the face of Dispur's failure to take up permanent measures to arrest the erosion.
According to official figures available with the state revenue department, more than 70 families were displaced this year from the area because of erosion.
Addressing a massive rally of party workers at the Chowkidingee playground here, Gogoi said, "We know that several issues need to be addressed and one of them is erosion at Rohmoria. We will take up some steps but it will take some time."
Reacting to Gogoi's alleged passive response to the demand for anti-erosion steps, two organisations - the Rohmoria Flood and Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum and the Flood and Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district committee, - said they would launch a fresh round of intense agitation if work was not started at the earliest.
"We were expecting some time-bound and concrete measures from the chief minister. But he frustrated us by not being specific on the issue which is threatening to wipe out Dibrugarh as well," Ghanen Gogoi, the president of Rohmoria Flood and Erosion Struggle Resistance Forum, said.
Dibrugarh MP Paban Singh Ghatowar, state water resources minister Prithibi Majhi, Deputy Speaker and Naharkatia legislator Pranati Phukon, the chief minister's wife, Dolly Gogoi, Congress legislators Durga Bhumij and Raju Sahu, Dibrugarh district Congress committee president Anowar Hussain, who is also a professor of history in Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Municipal Board chairman Chandra Kanta Baruah and Dibrugarh zila parishad chairperson Mina Teli were among those present at the rally.
Admitting delay in taking up permanent measures, Majhi said the government would take up a Rs 60-crore state-of-the-art project to counter erosion at Rohmoria.
"We do hope that work on the project will start in January and finish before the rainy season. The Tarun Gogoi-led government is doing whatever it can to tackle the problem of flood and erosion," he added.
Rohmoria comes under Lahowal Assembly constituency, which is represented by Majhi.
However, the organisations are in no mood to listen. They have made it clear that only resumption of work on the ground would satisfy them.
"Almost four months of the working season since September has gone and only three months are left for the rainy season to start. If not now, then when will the government start work?" asked Montu Dutta, secretary of the Rohmoria Flood and Erosion Struggle Resistance Forum.
Earlier in the day, the chief minister inaugurated a children's park, named after Mahatma Gandhi, at Khanikar on the outskirts of this town. The park has been built on a 22-bigha plot at a cost of Rs 3.35 crore.

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