BISWANATH CHARIALI: The Gohpur subdivisional administration has undertaken three-fold strategies in three directions to save the people of Gohpur from the effects of the flood caused by Chatrang River.
Aditya Vikram Yadav, Subdivisional Officer (Civil), Gohpur, told this correspondent about the government strategies on Friday. The River Chatrang has two tributaries-namely Mora Chatrang (a dead river at present) and Chatrang - and the head of the source of the river is in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh. So a 9-metre wide channel will be dredged along the Mora Chatrang to divert 40 to 42 per cent water load and silt of the Chatrang towards it at the head of the river. This will reduce the overall water load at the town area by revitalizing the Mora Chatrang. Second, anti-erosion activities will be carried out alongside Mora Chatrang by creating an embankment. Third, natural techniques will be utilized such as plantation of bamboo and trees on the bank of the river.
The river is also posing a threat to the NH-15 near Indian Oil Depot at the heart of the town. So discussions were already held in this regard with TK Construction which is engaged in the construction and four-laning of the National Highway. A new bridge at least three or four metre above the present one is expected to be constructed to stop possible erosion to the highway. Encroachment by the side of the river is also adding fuel to this flood problem in the town. Encroached lands will be streamlined when this monsoon season ends.
When asked about the implementing agencies, the SDO(C) disclosed that the Water Resource Department, Government of Assam, Block Development Office and TK Construction would be carrying out their own parts under the supervision of the administration. The work in this respect has already started and the help of the people of Gohpur would be definitely solicited, he added. Yadav expressed hope that the affected denizens of Gohpur could be saved from the fury of the Chatrang by the next monsoon.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, accompanied by State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, inspected the construction work of the guard wall being constructed by the Water Resources Department for the prevention of flood and erosion of the Chatrang River at Gohpur at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, on July 28 this year and directed the department to take permanent measures to curb this menace.