SILCHAR, Oct 19 – Residents of Greater Berenga, Kanakpur and Nathpara villages near here have been threatened by erosion caused by the Barak river since a considerable period of time.
People of Nathpara have been using an embankment as their only link to reach Silchar, but due to the unabated erosion, they fear that the embankment may be washed away. The local residents alleged that they have been suffering due to the apathy of the Water Resources Department which has failed to take measures to prevent the erosion. Pranesh Nath, president of the OBC cell of the district Congress, said that a sum of Rs 35 lakh was sanctioned to control erosion at Berenga and Kanakpur in 2013, and that as many as 18 contractors were entrusted with executing the anti-erosion works. But nothing has been done as the contractors merely unloaded truckloads of sand, Nath said.
“Considering the pace at which the erosion is taking place, the entire locality will be in danger in the coming days if no measures are adopted at the earliest,” Nath maintained. He called for the intervention of the district administration in this regard.
Nath said that a report on the imminent dangers posed by the erosion and an appeal for assistance would be sent to the Chief Minister soon.