TANGLA: Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the floods as well as erosion when farmers are facing immense distress, a prominent businessman of Bhutan has come forward to rebuild one of the major damaged culvert embankments and help hundreds of villagers of Assam. This effort will help the cultivators in Baksa district along the Indo-Bhutan border who are dependent on the water of rivers and streams of Bhutan that flow downwards for harvesting their crops.
The villagers of Bagajuli, Kalipur, Hatiduba, Santipur, Mariampur, Patkijuli, Belkhuti, Angarkata, Kawli, Darrangapar and Goibari are entirely dependent on the waters flowing from Bhutan. However, they faced innumerable hardships as the culvert embankments were damaged. Besides owing to the restrictions in travel, the farmers were unable to repair this embankment.
After the matter was brought to the attention of Tamulpur MLA Emanuel Mushahary, a prominent Bhutanese entrepreneur, Drup Sanam Dukpa, who owns a number of enterprises, including SD Eastern Bhutan Ferro Silicon Pvt. Ltd, came forward and spent lakhs to rebuild the embankment with the help of Bhutanese labourers.
Sources said that this move has immensely helped the farmers to harvest the water which is diverted downstream in five directions. The president and the secretary of a local embankment management committee, Maheswar Narzari and Ganesha Limbu respectively, have lauded the goodwill gesture of the businessman; and said that at least 500 villagers would be benefited by this act of Drup Sanam Dukpa.
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