BISWANATH CHARIALI, July 20 - State Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta visited several flood-affected areas in Biswanath district on Thursday and took stock of the situation.
The minister also visited the erosion-affected areas including Gangmou Than and Laal Pukhuri village, Buroi under Behali LAC and Karibil Bangali village and Dipara under Gohpur LAC and interacted with the erosion-affected people and the panchayat members.
It needs mention here that these areas have been severely eroded by the rivers Brahmaputra, Borgang and Buroi and a good number of villages, roads and bridges were already washed away by the surging waters. The minister assured all possible help in preserving the historical Gangmou Than set up by Srimanta Sankaradeva and its adjoining Padum Pukhuri.
Mahanta instructed the concerned authorities to make long-term plans to stop erosion and also to ensure the safety of life and properties of the affected people. He was accompanied by MLAs P Borthakur and U Borah, Biswanath Deputy Commissioner PR Khaound and other high level officials.
Earlier, the minister attended a high-level meeting at the Circuit House here and reviewed the initiatives undertaken by the administration to tackle the flood situation in Biswanath district.