The Telegraph
Thursday , July 3 , 2014
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Erosion threat to border posts

Dhubri, July 2: Unabated erosion has threatened the BSF border outpost (BOP) at Sishumara sar (sandbar), close to the Bangladesh border in Dhubri district.

A BSF source said there are 17 border outposts on the 44km riverine border in the district.

Many border roads leading to Sishumara and Mosalabari BOPs have both been eroded and washed away or are on the verge of being swallowed by the Brahmaputra.

The outposts at Chowki sar, Mahamaya sar, Mosalabari sar, Kalair sar and Old Dewaner Alga were the worst affected by erosion and floods.

During his visit to the Mancachar border of Dhubri district in December 2011, Assam governor J.B. Patnaik had promised to take up the matter with authority for sanctioning more funds and speedy completion of the anti-erosion work to protect the border roads and BOPs, a source said.

The sources said it has now been almost three years that no protection measures have been taken up by any agency to save the border roads and BOPs. Even the anti-erosion projects taken up by the Brahmaputra Board are yet to be started.

A major part of the BOPs at Mosalabari sar and Sishumara, the two most important posts from the point of view of security, were completely eroded and many roads washed away by floods. No step has been taken to arrest the erosion, the source said.

This apart, erosion is also threatening many other BOPs, including Mahamaya, Chowki sar, Ghaspara, Salapara and New Diwaner Alga.

During the unprecedented floods in 2012, Mahamaya sar BOP, the then headquarters of 22 battalion of BSF and Chowki sar BOP had to be shifted on boats with their arms and ammunition.

Official sources said since long BSF officials as well as the Dhubri district administration have been appraising the situation to their higher officials of state and central government but no anti-erosion project has been taken up yet.

Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita told The Telegraph that two anti-erosion projects, one at Sishumara and another at Mosalabari, were in their final stages of sanction and work would begin soon.

“Both the projects have two parts. The Assam water resources department will execute one part of the work while the Brahmaputra board will do the other. In the meantime, land required for the projects have been acquired. I am expecting the commencement of the work soon,” Kalita said.