Complete flood protection schemes within May: Assam CM urges officials
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday urged Water Resources Department officials to adopt necessary measures required to complete the ongoing flood schemes within May, a move to protect the flood-prone state from livelihood damage.
At a review meeting, Himanta asked the department, in the presence of Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika and other senior officials, to ramp up the work on vulnerable points across the river banks on a war footing.
Assam is flood-prone state with multiple waves of flood destroying property and livelihood, and claiming lives every year. The 2020 flood of the Brahmaputra river in the state had affected over 50 lakh people and submerged over 300 villages.
In the recent push, sources said that the CM asked the officials to take up a time-bound and technology-based approach.
Himanta, who himself belongs to the flood-prone constituency of Jalukbari, also directed officials to present a draft proposal outlining the areas for improvement. He urged the department to develop an accountability mechanism to ensure judicious utilisation of public money in the strengthening of systems.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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