Source: News Bharati English06 Aug 2016 11:24:56

Namsai, August 6: Calling for long-term measures to address the recurring flood problem in the state, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu has said that project to divert Nao-Dehing River to its original course will be started soon. Khandu informed about the plan for diversion of the river during his visit to Namsai to take stock of the flood-affected areas in the district on Friday.

The work will be entrusted to WRD department who will consult specialized firms for river piping to prevent erosion along the 2 km of breached embankment; Pema said adding “I have fully authorized the Chief Secretary to go ahead with the work.”
Expressing concern over the devastating flood that the people of Namsai district have been facing since 1995, the CM said “What we want is long-term solution.”

Earlier, the Chief Minister along with his team inspected the breached embankment of Noa-Dehing River that had taken a new course through low lying areas of Lower Silatoo, Nongkhong and Mahadevpur areas crossing National Highway NH 52 to rejoin its original course near Mahaloni village. The breached river has now posed danger to entire Mahadevpur town and could be a threat to Namsai area if the river is not diverted to its original course, informed the officials.

Khandu also visited a relief camp in New Silatoo area and promised that there will be no shortage of ration, water supply and medical facilities in the camps. In the aftermath of the flood, the local administration had setup 28 relief camps with total inmates of 6000. As flood receded, the relief camps have come down to 4 with 308 inmates as of now, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

“I have instructed the administration and the department that there should be no shortage of any facilities in the relief camps,” Chief Minister Khandu said while addressing the flood victims. He also instructed the medical team to stay alert to prevent any outbreak of diseases and assured that if need arises, more manpower will be sent from Itanagar for medical assistance.

To provide alternate land for settlement for the relief camp inmates, Chief Minister assured to provide one and asked the local administration to immediately identify a safer place for rehabilitation. Also for the damages caused by the floods that had resulted in homes and businesses flooded, livestock lost, crops destroyed, Khandu promised that whatever the damage estimated will be fully compensated as per the relief norms. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, newly inducted Ministers Kumar Waii and Kamlung Mossang, and MLAs Pasang D Sona and Zingnu Namchoom during his visit. Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin, Commissioner (Disaster Management) Hage

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, newly inducted Ministers Kumar Waii and Kamlung Mossang, and MLAs Pasang D Sona and Zingnu Namchoom during his visit. Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin, Commissioner (Disaster Management) Hage Kojeen and Chief Engineer (WRD) Modak Ngomdir were also present on the occasion.

Responding to various memorandums submitted by public, Khandu advised the people to shun negative mindset during times of difficulties. “People are in grief over their loss. If we fill the atmosphere with negativity, it will make them sadder. What we need is problem solving attitude. Give them hope,” he urged.