Source: News Bharati English08 Aug 2016 14:35:46

Guwahati , August 8: In a meeting with the Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in New Delhi, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said that the 5000 Km embankments in Assam serve as a safeguard to rural economy and the recurring breaches on the embankments pose danger to rural economy.
During the meeting, Sonowal apprised Balyan the extent of devastation caused by the recent waves of floods in Assam. Sonowal drew the attention of the Union Water Resources Minister that a major chunk of the existing embankments in Assam has already outlived their utility and needs immediate intervention in terms of their repair and facelift and use them to act as a deterrent to flood and erosion. Sonowal also requested the Centre's assistance to strengthen the embankments and said that a strong network of embankments holds the key to the growth of GDP in the State.

Sonowal also requested the Centre's assistance to strengthen the embankments and said that a strong network of embankments holds the key to the growth of GDP in the State. Drawing Dr. Balyan's attention, Sonowal also demanded a special grant from Centre for flood and erosion management in the State. The Assam CM also exhorted on the need of dredging the Brahmaputra for making the river fit for navigation throughout the year. Union Minister

The Union Minister also stated that the rivers in Assam need to be harnessed for better control of flood and erosion and river management. Sonowal, however, opined that the Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation must organise a national seminar involving all stake holders and of course the people at large for zeroing in on a comprehensive mechanism for flood and erosion control and river management.

Balyan assured all help and agreed to organise a seminar in Guwahati and will also visit Assam this month to assess the situation perpetrated by flood and erosion. In the meeting Sonowal gave Dr. Balyan an overview of the damages in terms of human lives, property, agriculture and livestock that the floods in Assam have perpetuated.

Sonowal also handed over a list of 66 schemes related to water resources and requested Centre's assistance for their expeditious implementation in the State.Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Members of Parliament R.P. Sarma and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa along with a host of senior bureaucrats were present at the meeting.