Guwahati: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a video conference with his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma on Wednesday, requesting that the latter facilitate the smooth movement of relief goods and materials being sent by the Assam government to the flood-hit Barak valley districts via roads passing through the hill state.
Sangma have also assured the government of Assam of all support and co-operation from his side in the latters measures to ensure availability of essential commodities for the flood-affected population of Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts.
The severance of road connectivity between the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys as a result of landslides and floodwater inundating the highways within Assam, the majority of relief items to the Barak Valley are being supplied through the roadways crossing through Meghalaya’s hill state.
The meeting was also attended by Assam Water Resource Minister Pijush Hazarika, along with the Chief Secretaries and senior officials of both states, including all Deputy Commissioners of Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, in another meeting on the current flood scenario that was chaired by the Chief Minister today, directions were issued to the concerned officials and departments to ensure there was no shortage of essential commodities among the population in the flood-affected districts.
The Chief Minister also asked the deputy commissioner of Cachar to stockpile essential food and other commodities for at least 15 days, owing to the grim flood scenario in the district.
He also directed officials concerned to set-up 24×7 Control Rooms for the three districts of Barak valley so as to ensure minute-to-minute monitoring and quickest responses to requests from flood-affected quarters.
The Chief Minister also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Jorhat district to urgently dispatch essential relief materials to the worst-affected Cachar district on Thursday.
Concerned at the road blockades owing to landslides and flood-water inundating national and state highways, the Chief Minister also directed the Commissioner of Public Works Department to do the needful for smooth vehicular movements in those roads at the earliest.
The senior officials of the Army and Air Force who were present series of meetings also informed the Chief Minister about steps the two forces have taken in order to help the administration deal with the impact of flood.