R Dutta Choudhury
GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - As two waves of floods caused major damage to the infrastructure of Assam, the State Government is making an estimate of the money that will be required to repair the damage and the “final flood memorandum” to the Government of India will be submitted by October 15. Several major departments have already submitted proposals of the funds that will be required to repair the damage, while, the others are likely to submit it immediately after the Puja holidays so that the compiled list can be sent to the Centre.
Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that this year, floods caused large scale destruction to the roads and bridges and the Public Works Department (PWD) has submitted an assessment of Rs 595 crore to repair the damage. Sources revealed that as per the report prepared by the PWD, as many as 1730 roads were damaged while, 307 roads were breached. Moreover, 73 bridges, 350 approaches to the bridges, 248 culverts, 176 approaches to the culverts, etc., were also damaged, which totally affected the road communication network in the State.
Sources said that 26 breaches on embankments took place during the floods and the Water Resources Department has given an estimate of Rs 3,000 crore to repair the breaches and to strengthen the embankments.
The water supply schemes of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department took a heavy beating during the floods and the Department has submitted a proposal of Rs 17.64 crore to repair the damage. Sources said that as per the report submitted by the PHE Department, 228 piped water supply schemes, 571 spot water sources and more than 2800 latrines constructed by the department in the individual households were damaged in the floods this year.
The fury of floods also severely affected other major sectors like health, education, power supply etc. Sources revealed that the Health Department has prepared an estimate of Rs 36.50 crore to repair the damage caused to the hospital buildings, boundary walls, hospital equipment etc. As per the report prepared by the Education Department, as many as 2180 school buildings were damaged in floods, of which, eleven were washed away and major damages were caused to over a hundred schools.
The Handloom and Textile Department has given an estimate of Rs 14.17 crore to repair the damage caused to the work sheds and other equipment, while, the Animal Husbandry Department has given an estimate of Rs 12.79 crore to repair the damages caused to the sub-centres, quarters and cattle sheds. The Power Department has submitted a scheme for Rs 99.96 lakh for repairing the power transmission lines damaged in floods.
Sources revealed that the State Government had submitted a memorandum to the Centre when a Central team visited the State to assess the damage, while, another memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister during his visit during the floods. But the second wave hit the State after the visits and that is why, a final memorandum with the details of the damage will be placed before the Centre. Sources also revealed that the Government would ask the departments to take up repair works on priority basis as it would not be possible to go for repairing all the damages at one go. The Government is also planning to release funds for the priority projects as soon as possible so that the works on the ground can be completed during the winter season, sources added.