CM Himanta Biswa Sarma directs Water Resources Department to Complete Maximum Ongoing Schemes within May
The CM suggested the department to prioritize works and stressed on quality and timely completion of projects to ensure best use of financial and human resources
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting to review the functioning of the Water Resources Department at Janata Bhawan on Monday. He directed the officials to take urgent steps to complete maximum ongoing schemes within this month to minimize the damage caused by flood to people and property.
According to an official statement, the CM also asked the department to identify the vulnerable points in the embankments across Assam and carry out strengthening on a war footing while completing the breach closing works at the earliest.
He suggested the department to prioritize works and stressed on quality and timely completion of projects to ensure best use of financial and human resources.
CM Sarma further directed the department to identify rivers that cause maximum havoc during flood and examine the feasibility of dredging on those rivers, stating that dredging could bring satisfactory results in reducing the impact of flood.
As per the sources, he asked the senior officials to take up time bound and technology oriented approach while implementing flood protection and repairing schemes for suggesting a fundamental shift in the functioning of water resources department.
He also instructed the department to submit a draft proposal outlining the areas for improvement apart from innovative and technologically sound systems to make the department more efficient; and to develop an accountability mechanism to ensure judicious utilization of public money.
Here are the officials who were present in the meeting:
• Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika
• S Abbasi, Additional Chief Secretary of WR Department
• Samir Sinha, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
• Siddharth Singh, CEO FREMAA
• MS Manivannan, Commissioner & Secretary of Revenue & Disaster Management Department
• Dr Jeevan B, Additional Secretary to Chief Minister
• Borsing Rongpi, Chief Engineer of WR Department
• Other senior officers