|Govt urged to dredge Brahmaputra riverbed|
GUWAHATI, Feb 5 - Voluntary organisation Brahmaputra Management and Development has made an appeal to the government to initially excavate the bed of the Brahmaputra in a stretch of around 15 to 20 km downstream of Chandrapur to deepen the riverbed and also to reclaim the area eroded by the river. This process should be initiated prior to or simultaneously with the construction of the proposed new four-lane bridge over the mighty river to connect Guwahati with North Guwahati.
In a statement here today, the voluntary organisation has stated that the piers of the two Saraighat bridges have been obstructing the flow of the river and the piers of the upcoming one will also have such adverse impacts on the river. This is going to raise the water level of the river in the upstream areas and result in more floods in those areas.
Therefore, it said it has become imperative for the State Government to reclaim the land lost to the river and also to make its bed deeper either prior to its construction or simultaneously with its construction, said the voluntary organisation.