Erosion threat to Biswathghat-Panpur dyke
From a Correspondent
Biswath Chariali, July 26: A major project titled ‘Protection of Biswath-Panpur including areas of upstream Silamari and far downstream Bhumuraguri to Boragaon against erosion of the River Brahmaputra’ to protect the lives and properties of a large area of Biswath Chariali was implemented in the southern part of the district headquarter of the Biswath district a few months back.
The project involved protection works for a reach length of 6,000 metres in between Bortilla to Sholmari village and execution of earth work for strengthening of existing embankment for a length of 7,280 metres with erection of PSC porcupine at Biswath Ghat. However, the project still remains incomplete. Local people alleged that due to the negligence of the Water Resource Department, erosion caused by the River Brahmaputra had washed away around 25 metre portion of the dyke during the last two days. Solmari village is the most affected one. It has been apprehended that the main dyke will be washed away very soon if erosion goes on at such a pace. Biswath MLA Pramod Borthakur visited the erosion-affected areas on Wednesday and took stock of the situation.