JORHAT, Aug 6 - Reacting to a report published in the August 4 edition of The Assam Tribune stating that largescale erosion caused by the Dikhow river on its southern bank at Raghubari village near Gaurisagar in Sivasagar district was threatening the embankment, the AJYCP has demanded the Government to initiate immediate measures to prevent further erosion.
In a press note issued by the students� organisation president Putul Dutta today, the AJYCP has severely criticised the State Water Resources Department for not undertaking adequate steps to protect the embankment from erosion by the river. During the past few years, erosion has been increasing manifold, they claimed.
Alleging financial irregularities even in temporary repair works of the embankment undertaken by the department in recent years, Dutta said that over 50,000 people of Raghubari and its adjoining areas were living in constant fear of becoming homeless loomed large if the embankment is ever breached.
The AJYCP president demanded immediate steps to protect the embankment, a portion of which was reportedly breached about 25 days back.
Seeking a long-term project for protection of the embankment which was built several decades ago, Dutta also asked the Government to direct the Chief Minister� Vigilance Cell to monitor the activities of the department which gets work done by engaging private contractors.
It may be mentioned here that the southern embankment is the only dyke of river Dikhow which protects National Highway-37 from flood waters during the rainy season every year. Hence, a severe breach of the dyke could submerge large areas of nearby Dikhow, Gaurisagar and Charing.