Staff Correspondent JORHAT, May 17 - State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta today visited Neol and Laliti villages on north-western outskirts here and took stock of the progress of anti-erosion works undertaken by the contractors under the supervision of his department.Both the villages have been severely affected by large-scale erosion caused by the Brahmaputra in the past few years.A district administration source said that Mahanta directed the officials to ensure completion of repair and strengthening of the embankment at the earliest considering the rainy season.
Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta inspecting an erosion-hit site, at Neolgaon in Jorhat on Thursday. – UB Photos
The source said that the minister last night also visited Neemati Ghat on north-east outskirts here and reviewed the progress of similar work being carried out by the contractors under the supervision of State Water Resources department.
The source said that work was being carried out on a war-footing and during the minister’s visit the work was in progress in the night too.
Neemati Ghat area, which is said to be the gateway to Majuli island has been one of the badly-hit areas by continuous erosion by the Brahmaputra in the past few years.
It may be mentioned here that activists of TMPK (Takam Mising Porin Kebang) –Mising community students’ body – along with activists of Tribal Sangha on April 3 last staged a demonstration in front of the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner’s office to protest against the government’s alleged failure to carry out protection work in Neol and Laliti.
The protesters had held posters, banners and shouted slogans against the government for “not undertaking” repair and restoration works of the damaged Brahmaputra embankment in north-west Jorhat.
About 10 villages under the Jorhat West Revenue Circle were severely hit by erosion for past 17 years.