FROM A CORRESPONDENT
LAKHIMPUR, Dec 9: After an interval of 25 years, the devastating flood problem caused by the River Jiadhol-Kumatia in Western Dhemaji will be mitigated with a project prepared by the Dhemaji District Water Resource Office.
The Water Resource Department is going to implement the project worth Rs. 10.70 crore under SDRF of 2016-17 fincial year in order to construct the unplugged left embankment of the said river at Pehiyoti in Western Dhemaji. The massive flood of River Jiadhol-Kumatia washed away this portion of the embankment at 9 km point in 1992 and the embankment has remained unplugged since then. The river, changing its course, has caused consecutive devastation in western Dhemaji, including more than 75 villages under Ghilamora Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district.
On the occasion of launching the project on Friday, a public meeting was held at the construction site and it was chaired by retired teacher Mukta Chutia. Participating as the chief guest in the programme, Dhemaji MLA Dr Ranoj Kumar Pegu iugurated the construction work of the embankment. He instructed the department concerned to complete the work by March 15 next year. He appealed to the people of the area to keep close watch on the implementation of the project.
The Superintending Engineer of Lakhimpur Water Resource Circle, Aboni Mohan Hazarika spoke on the implementation process of the scheme in the meeting which was anchored by Hari Prashad Mili, the CEO of Dhemaji WRD. DDC of Dhemaji Dharma Kanta Mili, youth activists like Pulak Chutia, Moniram Bhuyan and Chandra Bikash Gohain insisted on the effective implementation of the project in order to make an end of the miserable plight of the flood-affected people of Dhemaji. The Additiol Chief Engineer of WRD (Upper Assam) Arun Dev Sarmah and Dhemaji district AGP secretary Tolan Konwar as the representative of State Water Resource Minister Keshav Mahanta were present in the programme.