Friday, September 18, 2009

AASU gheraoes B’putra Board office in Majuli

MAJULI, Sept 18: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Majuli subdivision unit, today gheraoed the Majuli office of the Brahmaputra Board demanding immediate erosion-control measures to protect the river island. The students’ body has demanded a written assurance from the Board to protect the island. However, following a written assurance from the Board authorities, the students’ body temporarily called off its agitation.

The students’ body also sent a memorandum to the Chairman of the Board mentioning the causes of the failure of the Board in Majuli. “The Board has failed on all fronts in the river island due to irregularities and slow progress of works,” the memorandum said. It further said the Board had taken up its mega projects in 2004, but even then Majuli has lost most of its land only due to the lack of effective and scientific methods to tackle the Brahmaputra floods. “We feel the Board cannot protect the island from erosion. It has already spent over Rs 46 crore in the river island without any result,” AASU leaders said.

The memorandum also included immediate measures to protect the historic Bengenaati area, construction of stone spur by October this year, completion of RCC porcupine structures by 2010, proper execution of embankment strengthening works, erosion-control measures in the Ahotguri Mouza and Namoni Majuli area and repair of breached stretches of the Halodibari-Jengraimukh PWD Road.

Talking to The Sentinel, AASU’s Jorhat district president Biren Saikia said: “The people of Majuli are helpless now. Rs 46 crore of the Rs 86-crore Majuli protection project has been spent in the name of temporary steps.” THE SENTINEL

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