LAKHIMPUR: The Jonai district unit of Ganatantrik Nagarik Surakhya Mancha (GNSM) has demanded the State government and Water Resources Department to control the perennial erosion caused by Lali River by implementing permanent erosion preventive measures.
Notably, River Lali, one of the major tributaries of the mighty Brahmaputra flowing through Dhemaji district, with its massive erosion, has been engulfing the crop areas, residential areas in more than 50 villages under Gali Chikari, Laimekuri, Ramdhan Dikhari Gaon Panchayats under Jonai LAC.
The erosion of the river already affected around 90 per cent families living at Borong Krishnapur Boro Gaon by eroding away their residential and crop areas. As a result of it, the affected families are compelled to live at Majhiali, the island of the river. Most of them have already shifted to various places like Rangapara, Dhekiajuli, Biswanath Chariali etc. The river has also engulfed the residential and crop areas at Borong Telijan, Pipalguri, No. 1 Karnapur, No. 2 Karnapur, Badalpur villages. The landless people of these villages are now dwelling at Milan Nagar, Chitra Nagar, Jhaoghuli, Sitaram chaporis under the Char areas of the river. Some of them have shifted to other districts.
As per report, a big project of installing RCC porcupines to control the erosion of the river was implemented a few years ago. But the project ended in smoke. It could not prevent the ravaging erosion of the river. In addition to it, some more erosion preventive measure were implemented by investing the fund allotted by Mising Autonomous Council as well as by local Gaon Panchayats under MGNREGA in the past years, they also turned ineffective. Besides erosion, the riverine people have to suffer a lot due to the flood caused by the river every year.
Under such circumstances, Jonai District Unit GNSM president Hemanta Daimary, general secretary Kumeswar Morang have demanded the Water Resources Department to adopt geo-bag or geo-tube installation schemes to control the erosion of the river.