Guwahati, May 02: Despite the April 30 deadline set by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to construct and repair river embankments across the state in February this year, the ground reality is totally different.
Most (read maximum) of the embankments are in dilapidated condition.
The Water Resources Department of the state government has missed the deadline as a result of which the people of flood prone areas of Assam have resorted to protests.
It may be mentioned here that a major portion of the total of around 5,000 km river embankments of Assam is in dilapidated condition.
Locals of Majuli have alleged that representatives of the government as well as political leaders visit them every year promising to give them a permanent solution; however, no work can be seen after that. It may be mentioned here that Majuli is CM Sonowal‘s home constituency.
A local from Dhubri says “It has become a common thing now. Floods come, floods go; we are left with the effects.”
State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta had recently claimed that 26 embankments, which were breached during the monsoon season last year, have been repaired.
As per government data, the state had suffered an estimated loss of Rs 2,939 crore in the monsoon season last year due to floods which affected more than 25 lakh people.