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Flood control, anti-erosion schemes pending
AJIT PATOWARY
 GUWAHATI, May 19 – A total of 62 schemes, worth Rs 9,666.35 crore, prepared by the State Water Resources Department (WRD) for flood control and checking erosion, are pending with the Central Government at various stages. The WRD prepared these schemes between 2010-11 and 2012-13 fiscals.

According to WRD sources, the department prepared 90 schemes in total, between 2009-10 and 2012-13 fiscals, with a total estimated cost of around Rs 9,986 crore. Of them, it submitted 82 schemes to the Brahmaputra Board for Rs 9285.87 crore and eight schemes to the Central Water Commission (CWC), Shillong, for Rs 700.13 crore.

The Board recommended 16 schemes, each costing less than Rs 12.50 crore, with an estimated total cost of Rs 137.05 crore to the State Government. These Schemes do not require recommendation of the CWC and the Planning Commission (PC).

The Board has cleared 38 schemes, each costing over Rs 12.50 crore, with a total estimated cost of Rs 1,923.79 crore, after preliminary examination to the CWC headquarters. Of these schemes, 19, costing Rs 449.46 crore have been technically cleared by the CWC headquarters and forwarded to the Planning Commission for investment clearance.

Subsequently, the Planning Commission has accorded investment clearance to 12 of these schemes costing Rs 183.03 crore. The remaining seven schemes, costing Rs 266.42 crore are under scrutiny of the Planning Commission.

The Brahmaputra Board forwarded 20 schemes with a total estimated cost of Rs 6890.95 crore to the CWC’s Shillong office without checking the estimates, following a Central Government circular authorising only the CWC Shillong office to examine the technical clearance-related matters of the water resources schemes.

However, the eight schemes submitted to the Brahmaputra Board between 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscals, with a total estimated cost of Rs 334.52 crore, are pending with the Board.

The WRD submitted eight schemes, costing Rs 700.13 crore, directly to the CWC’s Shillong office for technical clearance.

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