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ADB surveys erosion

Borjhar, Aug. 31: Increasing erosion in Guimara Chimina area in Kamrup district of Assam has forced an Asian Development Bank (ADB) official to inspect the area.

Erosion by the Brahmaputra has been continuing in the area for the past one month.

Accompanied by a group of senior officials of the Flood and River Bank Erosion Management Agency (FREMA), including senior officers of Palashbari Gumi project water resources division, Natsuko Totsuka, a water resources specialist at ADB, took stock of the situation of the erosion-hit area yesterday.

The water resource specialist inspected the land spurs at Guimara Chimina including a mini spur. Sources said residents have appraised the situation to the visiting officials and urged them to take strong anti-erosion measures.

After a lull of a few years, erosion is rearing its ugly head again in Guimara Chimina.

Local people said a 3km stretch has been gobbled up by the Brahmaputra in the past 20 days.

Considering the enormity of the prevailing situation, residents on either side of the embankment (especially the left side) are apprehensive about breach of the embankment. “As the dyke proved vulnerable earlier, we fear the worst,” resident Prafulla Pathak said. The embankment suffered breaches 11 times between 1956 and 2007.

Dinesh Das, secretary of social organisation Sangrami Krishak Sramik Sangha, who visited the site on August 28, demanded foolproof anti-erosion steps to solve the problem once and for all. Das also demanded adequate health services to the people of the affected area at this critical hour of floods and erosion.

Biren Thakuria, executive officer (technical) of FREMA, who accompanied the ADB official, said the visiting official was apprised of the problems of the area so that steps for perennial solution to the problem could be taken.

Earlier, the ADB official visited Palashbari where ADB-funded Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program is under implementation.

The ongoing Palashbari sub-project, which covers 4.9km from Dakhala Hill in Kamrup to Majirgaon in Kamrup (metro), is intended to stabilise the Brahmaputra and its tributaries along its reaches in the sub-project area.

Apart from Palashbari-Gumi, the other locations under the ADB project are Dibrugarh and Kaziranga.


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