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Anti-erosion works demanded
 HATSINGIMARI, Jan 7 The people of Hatsingimari, the headquarters of South Salamara-Mankachar subdivision, have demanded river protection works in Maliralga GP areas during the ensuing dry season.

A Hatsingimari Press Club team visited the erosion-hit Maliralga GP and observed that if anti-erosion measures are not taken within this dry season, Maliralga and Bangrirchar villages would be washed away in the next rainy season.

Moreover, the barbed fencing and road along the Indo-Bangladesh border are likely to be eroded too. The Brahmaputra river is only a few metres from the international border fencing. If anti-erosion works, especially boulder pitching, are not done immediately, Hatsingimari will face a severe erosion threat.

The media team met a number of erosion-affected people including the Maliriga GP president who reported that the Government sanctioned Rs 8.69 crore under NREGA scheme in 2008-09 of which Rs 3.06 crore was utilised in erosion protection works last year, covering 625 metres of boulder pitching on the bank upstream of the GP area. The remaining amount of Rs 5.63 crore is still kept for erecting a few platforms. In this regard, the local people and GP president have urged the authorities concerned to avail of the remaining sanctioned amount of Rs 5.63 crore for protection work in the greater interest of the people of the subdivision. The local people demanded that if the remaining Rs 5.63 core is utilised in boulder pitching protection works, another area measuring more than 1,000 metres can be protected. This will be permanent protection if the work can be started immediately and completed before the first wave of floods in April.

In this connection, the people of the Maliralga GP have submitted several memorandums to the Chief Minister, the DC, Dhubri, Project Director, DRDA, Dhubri and other higher authorities. The people alleged that the district authorities are delaying the process. If the boulder pitching work is started in the dry season, there is less possibility of misuse of funds.They also demanded a permanent river ghat for transportation of goods.

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