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Dhemaji floods: Proper utilisation of funds demanded
 DHEMAJI, Sept 14 Dhemaji district unit of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), the Dhemaji District Students' Union (DDSU) has demanded proper utilisation of the funds allocated for developmental activities and flood control in the district.

The Government has failed to come up with a comprehensive plan to control the problems of flood and erosion, which have been devastating the district for the past about 60 years, said DDSU general secretary Jyotish Koch while talking to this correspondent.

Asserting that the DDSU has been relentlessly mounting pressure on the Government to solve the problems through scientific measures, the DDSU general secretary said that in 2009, members of the DDSU tonsured their heads collectively in support of the demand.

But the Government, instead of solving these problems, which have been ruining the economy of the district, has been showing keen interest in providing all support to the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP), which is feared to add the Subansiri to the list of erratic rivers of the district, alleged the DDSU general secretary.

By this time, he said, the Jiadhal is posing a serious threat to the district headquarter town of Dhemaji. The river has eroded away approximately a 1.5 km wide portion of the Soil Conservation Department's plantation at Tekjuri and it is now at a distance of only about 200 metres from the proposed site of the Dhemaji Engineering College.

The river has already touched the Dhemaji Protection Dyke and eroded away the Barman Gaon village within a span of a day on August 17 last. There were 62 families in this village. The river has taken a new course at Tekjuri.

The geo-bags launched by the State Water Resources Department (WRD) have proved to be ineffective due to lack of proper planning.

Taking advantage of the erosion in the area, the timber smugglers are doing brisk business by smuggling out timber from the Soil Conservation plantation with the Department turning a blind eye.

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