GUWAHATI, May 16 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the Water Resources Department and other line departments to remain fully prepared to tackle the onslaught of seasonal floods.Reviewing the flood preparedness of the Water Resources Department in the presence of its minister Keshab Mahanta at Janata Bhawan here today, the Chief Minister took stock of the strength of embankments that were essentially created to serve as a deterrent against flood. The thrust of the meeting was flood management as Sonowal took note of embankment breaches caused by multiple waves of floods last year.
It may be noted that under the present dispensation a total of 12.02 km embankments were constructed. Moreover, the State government during the last two years raised and strengthened 103 km of embankments. During the same period 44 anti-erosion and town protection works were completed.
To enable the State government’s preparedness to negotiate with flood and minimize the loss caused by it, a total of 168 schemes involving Rs 345 crore were taken up, including plugging of the breaches, and 158 schemes were completed so far. The Chief Minister asked the Water Resources Department to complete the remaining schemes on a war footing.
Sonowal also asked the Panchayat and Rural Development Department to take technical help from the Water Resources Department to plug the breaches in embankments which are under its purview.
The Chief Minister directed the Water Resources Department to maintain the highest order of vigilance during the flood season to ensure safety in river embankments and to store adequate flood fighting materials near vulnerable points.
He also emphasized that during flood season the Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department along with other line departments and district administrations should keep essential items ready to meet any exigency.