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State for better flood prevention

New Delhi, Jan. 16: The state government today pitched for hiring international experts for silt management as floods leads to problems like rising of river beds, reduction in carrying capacity of the channels and formation of shoals causing meandering and braiding tendency of the rivers every year.

The issue was raised by water resources department minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary during 16th Ganga flood control committee (GFCC) meeting in the capital today who also recommended that as a long term measure for flood management, detailed project reports for proposed Sapt Kosi High dam, Sun Kosi storage cum diversion project, dams on river Bagmati at Noonthore and on river Kamla at Chisapani be prepared on priority basis.

While its a fact that the two central schemes flood management programme and river management activities and works related to border area are proving beneficial to the states, they need to be made more effective. The entire stretch of the Ganga in the state is pathetic and its on the verge of death. Experts view has been sought for remedial measure and there is an urgent need for taking initiative in this regard, Chaudhary added.

He also drew the attention of union water resource development minister Harish Rawat towards the fact that there is no need to rationalise the present procedure for the approval of scheme and release of central share for the schemes under FMP, that all the required procedures are completed at different levels within one month.

Rawat said that the Centre has been having continuous dialogue with Nepal to create storages in its territory as floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are caused by rivers originating from that country.

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