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Sonowal’s native village faces erosion threat
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 DIBRUGARH, July 20 - Flood Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district has said that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has failed to protect his native village Bindhakota Mulukgaon from river bank erosion. Bindhakata Mulukgaon, which is now under the threat of erosion, is the birth place of Sonowal.

“When Sonowal was an AASU leader, he engaged in agitations in support of a permanent solution to the flood and riverbank erosion. He had also raised the demand for treating Assam’s flood and erosion problem as national disaster. On several occasions, he joined the Forum to stage protest. He had accompanied our organisation during one of the biggest rallies from Maijanghat to Chowkidinghee on August 8, 2008 and also at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on August 23, 2010,” said Binod Kedia, president of the Forum.

He further said that in 2014 before the Parliamentary election, Sonowal had given a written assurance that if the BJP government is formed, the flood and erosion of Assam would be declared as a national problem within a year and that all the affected people would be rehabilitated within two years and entire erosion problem in Assam would be solved scientifically within three years. The BJP has formed governments both at the Centre and the State. Sonowal became a Union Minister and in 2016 he becomes the Chief Minister of Assam but the flood and erosion continue to haunt the people of the State including of his native village, said Kedia.

The people of entire area from Rohmoria, Balijan, Rangmala, Mulukgaon, Gareki to Guijan have lost faith in the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. “The people no longer believe that the Chief Minister would able protect their land and property. We have therefore approached the High Court vide case no. PIL 67/2018. We have faith that the High Court will give us justice,” said Kedia.

It may be mentioned here that when erosion occurred at Mulukgaon in 2018, the Forum pressurised the government to respond and accordingly the Water Resource Department prepared a DPR of Rs 499 lakh and submitted it to the Centre. However, after getting all statutory clearances, the said project has failed to get administrative approval. If the erosion is not checked in that stretch, a large area including Dinjan Army Cantonment runs the risk of falling prey to river erosion.

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