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Rs 6cr to protect Fakirganj Bazar

Dhubri, Dec. 4: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned Rs 6 crore for the protection of the Fakirganj Bazar area on the south bank of Dhubri district from the unabated erosion by the Brahmaputra.

Upbeat over the sanction of funds, the people of the south bank have formed a local committee to ensure proper implementation and utilisation of funds.

A 23-member team of Fakirganj Brahmaputra Garakhahaniya Protirodh Committee, headed by its president Abdus Samad, hoped that the project would be implemented in a proper way and according to specifications, so that the area could be saved from further erosion.

The people of Fakirganj heaved a sigh of relief as the move would not only save the area from unabated erosion but also pave the way for development of Fakirganj Bazar.

An official source in the Dhubri water resources division, which is implementing the project, said Nabard, under its rural infrastructure development fund (RIDF)-XII sanctioned Rs 6 crore for the project and tender for which has been invited.

Protection work of about 600 metres, from Fakirganj to Munshi Bazar, which is highly erosion-prone, will be done with boulder-pitching.

Executive engineer of Dhubri water resources division Habibar Rahman said work would be allotted soon.

Rahman said two anti-erosion projects, Dhubri protection work and one in South Salmara, were also accorded sanction by the Centre and he hoped that work for the two projects could be started soon.

In June this year, the 44th technical advisory committee of the water resources division had 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, were sent to the Centre for sanction and release of funds.

A total of 10 projects received approval then, out of which seven projects were 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.