|Minister visits erosion-prone Rohmoria|
DIBRUGARH, July 10 - Minister for Water Resources Keshab Mahanta accompanied by Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah today paid a visit to the flood and erosion-prone Rohmoria along the Brahmaputra to take stock of the ground situation there.
State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta during his visit to erosion-prone Rohmoria site, in Dibrugarh on Friday.– UB Photos
The erosion has already rendered some 50 families landless in the area as their residences and land were devoured recently by the swelling Brahmaputra. The erosion is continuing and has posed a serious threat to the existence of historic Mumai Tamuli Road connecting Rangagorah in Tinsukia district and Dibrugarh and also Bogoritolia village.
Rohmoria has been known for floods and erosion since the massive earthquake in 1950, which rocked the State and changed courses of the Brahmaputra radically.
Post-earthquake until now, over 22 revenue villages, tea gardens, police outposts, tracts of agricultural lands have been lost to the mighty Brahmaputra and Dibru rivers. Several Central ministers, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, visited the area in the past.
Anti-erosion scheme implemented earlier in the area was a big success for some years but the riverbank erosion has struck the area again. The Water Resources Minister informed newsmen that two anti-erosion projects would be implemented in the area in October.
Meanwhile, he said directions have been issued for some immediate short-term schemes to control erosion.