GUWAHATI, Aug 3 - Stating that Rs 50,000 crore will be needed to permanently solve the flood and erosion problems in Assam, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has called upon the Centre to show as much commitment in this regard as it has shown with regard to the river-linking project.
Sirajuddin Ajmal, senior AIUDF leader and Lok Sabha MP from Barpeta, said in a statement that if the Centre can contemplate spending Rs 11,00,000 crore in the river-linking project to help States in the North and West get succour from drought, there is no reason why New Delhi cannot allocate Rs 50,000 crore to solve the flood and erosion problems of Assam.
Ajmal, who is currently busy visiting flood-affected areas under the Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency, said that instead of making Brahmaputra a part of the river-linking project, the Centre should formulate a separate project to solve the flood and erosion problem of Assam. �If the Centre can include Budget provision for drought-prone States, it must also allocate similar package for Assam�s flood,� he said.
Ajmal added that in the run-up to the Assembly polls, BJP had promised to deal with flood and erosion problems of Assam and must fulfil its promise.