LAKHIMPUR: Massive devastation of public and individual properties caused by river erosion is a burning problem in Lakhimpur district. Though the two divisional offices of the Water Resources Department and Soil Conservation Department have implemented various schemes to check river erosion in the district year after year, these schemes have not been effective enough to control the problem.
In addition to these departments, though the Block Development offices of the district have also implemented such schemes in the local affected areas, most of them ended in smoke without producing the desired effect.
As a consequence of such ineffective erosion prevention measures taken by Boginadi Development Block, the massive erosion caused by the rapid hilly river Deergha, the tributary of Boginadi, has swallowed the Lalpani Seuj Kshetra under Kadam Revenue Circle of the district, from one end to another. As per information from the local people, half of the beautiful landscape, which is located around 16 km away from North Lakhimpur town and around one-and-half km north of the NH-15, was engulfed by the river during this rainy season. Notably, the Lakhimpur division of Soil Conservation Department planted seedlings of Shishu and Khoyer, two valuable tree species, covering an 11-hectare area out of 131 bigha 6 lessa volume of that landscape under No.1 Bhongabil map of the said revenue circle. Therefore, the area is widely known as Boginadi Soil. The greenery of the grown trees planted in a systematic manner has added an extra dimension to the entire area and it has turned into a refreshment and recreation centre for people.
At present, the river has gobbled down the most attractive location of the landscape. Interestingly, the Lakhimpur Soil Conservation Division has paid no heed to save the area, which is its own asset, from the devastating erosion of the river. Similarly, the Water Resources Division has also not shown any kind of goodwill to control the erosion to protect the public property. As per allegation of the local people, the schemes implemented by the Development Block concerned have benefitted only the engineers and other officials and people related to the works. So, the existing valuable trees have fallen into the river one after another due to the ongoing erosion.
At present, Lalpani Pragati Sangha is taking care of the beautiful landscape despite the dereliction on the part of the government offices. The social organization and local people have submitted consecutive memoranda to offices concerned but they have not been effective. In this regard, the local people demanded the district administration and minister concerned to protect the existence of the beautiful landscape immediately.