To curtail floods and devastation, Assam plans to build embankment along Brahmaputra River
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 26-Jul-2017

Guwahati, July 26: As Assam has become the victim of floods this year, State government is planning to build 5000 km road-cum-embankment along the Brahmaputra River. This decision has been into consideration to curtail the floods and devastation caused by river Brahmaputra every year.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that “I met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a proposal to him requesting conversion of 5000 km of river embankment to road-cum-embankment.” Further, he added that the state government has been also holding discussions with World Bank to help the state control floods through investments and technology as they did for China.

During the state government’s discussion with World Bank, the latter told that Bramhaputra’s threat perception is twice that of rivers like Nile, Mississippi, Amazon, and Huang He put together. Therefore, we are aggressively pushing the project, said Sonowal.

Assam CM said that it was because of the Prime Minister’s guidance that the state government was able to come up with this plan and the transport ministry has agreed to build an expressway along the Brahmaputra river at a cost of Rs 40,000 Crore.

Further, he said the sole purpose of the embankment is to protect people, the village economy and land against floods, but in the last 70 years of its existence, no repair work has been done. As a result, the existing embankment has become porous and weak. Senior Road Ministry official, said, “Construction of road-cum-embankment to check floods is possible but it would be in certain sections and not along the complete river course as there would be certain stretches where the river cannot be controlled.”