Correspondent BISWANATH CHARIALI, July 16 - The large-scale erosion caused by the Buroi river under Gohpur subdivision in Biswanath district has taken a serious turn, resulting in loss of properties of nearby people amounting to lakhs of rupees.
A flooded Chatrong river overtopping a village road near Gohpur town, on Saturday. – UB Photos
Households and agricultural land of several families have already been washed away by flood waters. The Karibil LP School situated at Karibil Bangali village will have to be shifted to another place very soon. Though a good number of organisations supported by the affected people have been demanding safety of their lives and property, the concerned departments of the government have failed to take any positive action. The alleged rampant digging of sand and stone at the source of the Buroi river has led to large-scale erosion in the downstream part of the river. Villages like Karibil Bangali, Nagabil and Karibil Bazaar are the worst affected.
The local people and NGO ‘DCDP’ alleged that sand-gravel mahals at Dulungmukh under the Department of Forest were the main reason behind this erosion. Though the mahals were closed later, no preventive measure was taken. The people have now constructed bamboo porcupines to get rid of the erosion.
Meanwhile, Gohpur MLA Utpal Borah, Biswanath DC Pallav Gopal Jha and Gohpur SDO (Civil) Sanjay Dutta visited the affected areas recently and took stock of the situation. Later, MLA Utpal Borah arranged to dig the river at some places as a preventive measure. However, the affected people have urged the government to pay heed to their woes.