GUWAHATI: Assam Government will constitute an expert committee that will be sent to China with the purpose of studying the Yellow River (Huwang He) management strategies in order to replicate the same in Assam in order to contain the Brahmaputra river so as to frame strategies to flood and erosion.
Chairing a high-level review meeting of Water Resource Department on Friday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that if the Yellow River, which was once considered as ‘sorrow of China’ can be tamed, the Brahmaputra, which is the life-line of the people of Assam, can also be used productively to serve the riparian rights of the people of the state.
The study is being conducted in association with the World Bank that will also prepare a road map for taming the Brahmaputra and its tributaries to control flood and erosion. The study will encompass basin characteristics, river engineering, hydrology, channel morphology and floodplain evolution.
The chief minister directed the department to do the needful for preparing a ‘river atlas’ and asked the department to use the expertise of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre for preparing the same.
Sonowal stressed on the need to transform Assam Water Resources Management Institute into an institute of excellence and undertake extensive studies on rivers for their optimum utilisation. It may be noted that Assam faces annual flooding which results in huge economic loss to the state, especially owing to the river Brahmaputra.