Dhubri, June 20: The 44th technical advisory committee of the water resources department has accorded technical approval for seven anti-erosion and flood control projects in Dhubri and Goalpara districts.
The projects, estimated to cost around Rs 500 crore, have been sent to the Centre for sanction and release of funds.
Officials of the Dhubri division of the department said the committee has approved a total of 10 projects, out of which seven projects have been considered more important.
Some of the projects are on anti-erosion measures along the Indo-Bangla border, where the Brahmaputra has eroded barbed wire fencing and threatening to eat up more area.
The projects include protection of Gaur Jhapusabari village and the border fencing by erecting a 120-metre porcupine screen, which is estimated to cost Rs 5.79 crore.
A source said another anti-erosion project is the strengthening and extension of Dhubri town protection at Aironjongla, which includes strengthening of the Dhubri-Patamari road-cum-bund and channelling of the Brahmaputra on its north bank from Dhubri to Ghewmari on the border, whose estimated cost is Rs 79.93 crore.
The most sought-after project for the people of Dhubri is the protection of the town from floods. “The construction of the road-cum-bund from Dhubri zila parishad office to Gauripur, including construction of sluice gates at an estimated cost of Rs 58.60 crore has got the stamp of approval from the technical committee,” a source said.
Other projects are channelling of the Brahmaputra and reclamation of eroded land by choking of various oblique channels at different areas from Beldubi to Sishumara on the international border, which is estimated to cost Rs 208.50 crore, he said.
Apart from these, channelling of Gangadhar river between Chilarai bridge and railway bridge to protect Pub-Kanuri, Raiadoh and Golokganj from erosion, estimated at Rs 16 crore and three anti-erosion projects of Goalpara estimated altogether at Rs 130.70 crore got approval.
Habibur Rahman, executive engineer of Dhubri division of water resources department, said the seven projects for the Dhubri districts, which were cleared by the committee, would solve the major problems of erosion and flood, once implemented.
“After clearance of the schemes, we are preparing detailed project reports, which will be sent to the central government agency, Brahmaputra Board, for sanction of funds,” Rahman said.
Rahman said the officials of the board have inspected the proposed projects at Baniamari in Bilasipara sub-division, two more spurs at Dhubri, Fakirganj protection and Sukchar siltation device and cleared the projects for preparing the reports. The projects altogether would cost Rs 25 crore, he said.