Erosion to be declared a national problem: WB govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 23:42
Kolkata: Stating that the erosion along the banks of the Ganga in the districts of Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and upper Burdwan has reached alarming proportions, the West Bengal government on Thursday demanded that the Centre declare it as a national problem.

"Erosion in the Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and upper regions of Burdwan has reached alarming proportions. The Ganga flows along six states and brings down debris and silt. This has created a peculiar situation," Irrigation Minister Manas Bhuniya told newsmen.

Stating that after taking over, the new government has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to the problem, he said, "let the Centre declare it as a national problem.''

While the Centre and the Farakka Barrage Authority had earlier decided to take up anti-erosion work upto 40 km upstream and 80 km downstream of the barrage, they were now considering a state government proposal for taking up work along 65 km upstream and 100 km downstream upto Karimpur in Murshidabad district, he said.

Bhuniya said that he would write to the Prime Minister requesting that Central relief and rehabilitation assistance be provided to those affected by the erosion.

"If those affected by disasters like floods and earthquakes can provided such assistance, why not give it also to those hit by the erosion," he said.

He said that the Union Finance Ministry, the Union Water Resources Ministry and the Planning Commission have agreed to carry over the Flood Management Programme from the 11th plan to the 12th plan in keeping with a request from him.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 21:50

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