Forum dissatisfied with erosion-control measures at Anantanala, Koila Basti
The Dibrugarh- Tinsukia District Flood and Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum, under the leadership of its president, Binod Kedia visited the erosion sites at Hatighuli
DOOMDOOMA: The Dibrugarh- Tinsukia District Flood and Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum, under the leadership of its president, Binod Kedia visited the erosion sites at Hatighuli caused by Anantanala and at Koila Basti by the Kundil River in Sadiya constituency and expressed dissatisfaction at the anti-erosion measures taken up by Water Resources department of the State Government.
The continuous erosion caused by the Kundil River since the last 10 years on the northern side of Koila Basti situated at No 2 Bishnupur Pahukhowa area, eroded away 200 metres that included homes of a section of villagers and around 70 per cent of the concrete road there. So the Forum had demanded the government last year to take up urgent steps to resist erosion.
According to the Forum, the steps taken by the water resources department to install some bamboo screens there was not at all satisfactory. The Forum expressed surprise that bamboo pillars had not been erected, which are so essential for controlling the flow of the river.
Prakash Buragohain, secretary, Kundil river erosion control committee, is of the opinion that the steel dampener used for erosion-control measure at Rahmoria by the Oil India Limited (OIL) should also be used at Koila Basti for permanent flood control. In the same manner the erosion at Hatighuli is threatening the dyke as the River Anantanala is flowing just 30 metres way from it after eroding away a part of the Canpas eco-tourism camp and creating a big whirlpool there. On the other hand, the erosion-control measures adopted at Phelai also proved to be futile and here too, the river is flowing just 10-15 metres away from the dyke.
So the Dibrugarh - Tinsukia District Flood and Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum has urged the water resources department to adopt similar flood-control measures as Oil India Limited (OIL) instead of wasting money in adopting ineffective flood and erosion control measures.