GUWAHATI, Nov 30 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of construction of dams on the Brahmaputra river with China.
In a memorandum to Modi, Gogoi pointed out that there were reports of China constructing dams on the Brahmaputra river, which created serious apprehensions in the minds of the people. He said that the Government of India should immediately take up the matter with China so that the flow of the river is not affected in any way.
Gogoi said that the State government has submitted a flood, erosion and river management project to the Government of India and called upon Modi to take immediate steps to clear the project. He said that the government has also submitted a detailed memorandum to repair the damages caused by the floods this year and hoped that the Centre would send additional funds for the same. Gogoi also demanded that the Brahmaputra River Basin Authority should be set up as soon as possible.
Gogoi said the overall law and order situation has improved considerably, but there is need for improving the law and order machinery. He said the riverine areas are considered vulnerable for militant activities and sought Centre’s help for providing specialized equipment and other infrastructure for setting up riverine India Reserve Battalion. He said the police training school in Dergaon not only trains Assam Police personnel but also police personnel from other states. The school should be upgraded into a national level police academy, he said. Gogoi also urged Modi to take effective steps for improving the state infrastructure.