| Erosion at Gaur Jhapsubari village in Dhubri district. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, April 11: Severe and unabated erosion has affected infrastructure along the Indo-Bangla border over the past couple of days.
It has threatened border roads and barbed wire fencing at Kali-Alga village in South Salmara subdivision of the district and a 40-metre stretch of spar number 3.
Erosion is also threatening the border road from Hatsinghimari to Sishumara.
Bodrud Zaman Firdowsi, a lecturer of Mancachar College in Hatsinghimari, said the border link road with the main border road and fencing at Kalai-Alga to Kokradanga village is under threat.
The Brahmaputra has also eroded 15 metres of the Hatsinghimari to Sishumara border link road.
“Officials of the Border Road Construction have put up porcupines to check the erosion but it does not seem to be effective,” Zaman added.
A BRC official said four spars was erected at the cost of Rs 12 crore in 2004-2005.
However, because of the change of braided channels downstream, the river had eroded a part of spar number 3. Sources in Hatsinghimari, headquarters of South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision, said the Brahmaputra Board also surveyed the area a few years ago and sanctioned Rs 29 crore to protect the border areas from Kalai-Alga to Koradanga, but nothing has been done so far.
Unabated erosion over the past five years has eroded parts of Jhaukuti barbed wire fencing. The river has engulfed almost half of Gour Jhapusabari village under Golokganj of Dhubri district over the past 10 years.
The area shares its inter-state border with north Bengal and the international border with Bangladesh because the Kaljani changed its course thrice, dividing the area into three parts.
The officials of the state water resource department and officials of the north Bengal flood control department conducted a joint survey on March 22, However, no funds were sanctioned for anti-erosion measures,an official of the Dhubri division water resource department said.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi announced Rs 750 crore for anti-erosion and protection projects to be executed by the Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Risk Management Agency.