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Plea for ‘most efficient’ minister to control floods
Published on 22 May. 2011 11:35 PM IST
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Assam may not be spared from devastation of swelling rivers this monsoon also as the flood-control schemes in the state have not been implemented properly before the rains.
Fearing such a disaster again, the Assam Water Resources Contractors` Association has demanded chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday to appoint a capable and most efficient minister in the water resources department to solve the problem of erosion and flood in the state.
According to Times of India, the association alleged that due to negligence of the previous water resources ministers and some senior government officials, the state will have to face the floods this monsoon also. "Just before formation of the new government, we demand appointment of an efficient and enthusiastic minister in the water resources department. The minister must have practical knowledge of solving the problems of flood and erosion," said Muhi Borgohain, the president of the All-Assam Water Resources Contractors` Association.
The contactors alleged that due to the negligence of some senior officials of the water resources department, many flood-control schemes of the Centre and the state could not be implemented properly. "Due to the negligence of the water resources department, Puthimari scheme in Kamrup district, Chaparmukh Basundhori scheme in Morigaon and many other flood-control schemes could not even be started before monsoon," Arabinda Hazarika, the association`s general secretary. However, the contractors said repairing works of 52 breaches under the calamity relief funds in many dykes of the state are yet to be completed although the water level of many rivers starts increasing by first week of May.
According to them, the people of Dibrugarh town may face severe floods this monsoon because of the delayed works in the Rahmaria area. "Although the works in Rahmaria protection schemes caught attention of the Prime Minister, the delayed works under the erosion protection scheme in the area may bring severe calamity of flood in the monsoon. The water resources department waited to start protection works till February and the works going delayed there," said Muhi Borgohain.
The water resources contractors said the problems of flood and erosion would not be solved in the state until the chief minister himself takes an initiative for appointing a capable and efficient minister in the department.

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