BOKAKHAT, Oct 27 - State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora formally inaugurated the anti-erosion protection work at Behora on Friday to control the erosion by Dhansiri river, at an estimated cost of Rs 2.75 crore. The project will cover a length of 600 metres.
The rampant erosion by the Dhansiri river has posed a great threat, particularly to a big part of Mohura mouza, on the vast northern area of Bokakhat subdivision from Dhodang, Borpak to Chinakan, which had been repeatedly highlighted by the media. About 5 km of the river bank, covering paddy fields and even touching residential villages, has already been eroded by the river. The Water Resources Department had not taken any fruitful measures during the last several years. But it is worth mentioning that out of the 5 km length, the erosion-effected portion of the department, work will be carried out for 600 metres only and this will not protect the entire portion, except the Behora Tea Estate No.12 Line. The concerned people of the affected area are feeling insecure.
On the other hand, due to the diversion of the old stream of the river, the Merakan beel has been left like an ox bow lake and if this continues in the same fashion and mingles with the old stream, the creation of a long route of water bodies from Kuruabahi Tinali to Kaziranga National Park by erosion may grip a vast area that may pose a great threat to the Kuruabahi Satra. So the local public have demanded protection of the entire area affected by the Dhansiri river.