GUWHATI, March 8 – Water Resources Minister Rajiv Lochan Pegu told the Assembly on Thursday that anti-flood and erosion projects undertaken by the Brahmaputra Board in river island Majuli were getting unduly delayed, and attributed the developments to the organisational structure of the Board.
Replying to a question from Keshab Mahanta (AGP), Pegu said that projects that ought to have been completed by 2010 could extend beyond 2020 as not even half of the work had been completed till date.
“Work has been very slow, and there is an urgent need for restructuring of the Brahmaputra Board. The Board Chairman should also be a person from the North-east cadre with adequate understanding of the region so that he can take interest in its functioning. This must be done, if necessary, by amending the laws,” Pegu said, adding that there should also be direct monitoring by the State Government.
Pegu also said that the entire stretch of the 90 km length of Majuli needs to be protected through spars for long-term protection of the river island.
The minister added that repair work of the weak embankments was on.