GUWAHATI, July 2 – The Water Resources Department is very soon going to submit a proposal to the government for a comprehensive study of the Brahmaputra involving experts from the country and outside.
This was announced by the Chief Engineer of the department on Monday before protesting members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS). The Chief Engineer also gave the assurance that 32 and not 34 breaches on embankments in the State as demanded by the KMSS would be repaired by July 15.
The department would also submit a proposal to the government at the earliest for raising and strengthening of the embankments.
It needs to be mentioned here that the KMSS members had staged protest demonstration before the office of the Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department demanding solution to the perennial flood problem in Assam.
Members of KMSS gheraoed the office this afternoon and shouted slogans against the department and the Congress Government that failed to immediately respond to the current flood situation.
KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi informed that the protesters had decided to continue with their demonstration indefinitely as the Chief Engineer had not come personally to accept the memorandum of the protesters addressed to the Chief Minister. It was only late in the evening that the Chief Engineer came and the memorandum was submitted to him.
“We wanted an assurance from the Chief Engineer himself that 34 breaches would be repaired by July 15,” said Akhil.
Flood-affected people from many parts of the State assembled before the office to register their resentment against the government for failing to provide respite to the people.
The KMSS has demanded that all the flood-affected people be provided free foodgrain for one year, loans of flood-affected farmers be waived, scrapping of all mega dam projects besides Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the families who lost a member in the current flood.