Assam plans to dredge rivers to reduce flood havoc
GUWAHATI: Assam government has contemplated dredging several tributaries of the Brahmaputra River to minimise the damage during flood season. The move came ahead of the ensuing monsoon season when the state usually witnesses multiple waves of flood annually.
Stating that dredging could bring satisfactory results in reducing the impact of flood, the state’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday asked the water resource department to identify rivers that cause maximum havoc during the flood and examine the feasibility of dredging on those rivers.
Sarma today reviewed the functioning of the water resources department in a meeting held at his office conference room at Janata Bhawan and directed the officials to take urgent steps to complete maximum ongoing schemes within this month to minimize the damage caused by flood to people and property.
He also asked the department to identify the vulnerable points in the embankments across Assam and carry out strengthening on a war footing while completing the breach closing works at the earliest.
He stressed on quality and timely completion of projects and suggested the department to prioritize works to ensure the best use of financial and human resources.
The chief minister instructed the department to submit a draft proposal outlining the areas for improvement apart from innovative and technologically sound systems to make the department more efficient.
He also directed the department to develop an accountability mechanism to ensure judicious utilization of public money.
Further suggesting a fundamental shift in the functioning of the water resources department, CM Sarma asked the senior officials to take up a time-bound and technology-oriented approach while implementing flood protection and repairing schemes