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Army halts dyke work in Dibrugarh

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DIBRUGARH, Feb 5 � The ongoing raising, strengthening, upgradation and construction works of the Dibrugarh Town Protection Dyke along the Brahmaputra from Maijan to Mohannaghat have been affected as the Army (19 Jat Regiment) has objected to the works near its camp at Paltan Bazaar here.

The Army objection has kept construction work at a stretch of approximately one kilometre near Paltan Bazar pending. This has caused panic among the denizens of the town because during the preliminary phase of the construction works several pits were dug along the stretch spreading from the river channel to the dyke.

The 60-year-old dyke has also remained open and dilapidated at several places along the one-kilometre stretch. People fear that with the onset of monsoon the river water might gush into the town. It may be recalled that for the past few years the region has been experiencing monsoon from March.

A section of conscious citizens including members of the Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha and some locals today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, apprising him of the situation and urging him to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Copies of the memorandum have also been sent to the Defence Ministry, the State water resources department, Administrative Commandant, Dinjan Army Station Headquarter and Defence Estates Officer, Jorhat. The memorandum to the Prime Minister was submitted through the Deputy Commissioner here.

It may be mentioned that a good number of embankments have outlived their utility and many are in a bad shape. Repair work of the damaged embankments before the onset of the rainy season is very important to tackle the ravages wrought by floods.

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Army halts dyke work in Dibrugarh

DIBRUGARH, Feb 5 � The ongoing raising, strengthening, upgradation and construction works of the Dibrugarh Town Protection Dyke along the Brahmaputra from Maijan to Mohannaghat have been affected as the Army (19 Jat Regiment) has objected to the works near its camp at Paltan Bazaar here.

The Army objection has kept construction work at a stretch of approximately one kilometre near Paltan Bazar pending. This has caused panic among the denizens of the town because during the preliminary phase of the construction works several pits were dug along the stretch spreading from the river channel to the dyke.

The 60-year-old dyke has also remained open and dilapidated at several places along the one-kilometre stretch. People fear that with the onset of monsoon the river water might gush into the town. It may be recalled that for the past few years the region has been experiencing monsoon from March.

A section of conscious citizens including members of the Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha and some locals today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, apprising him of the situation and urging him to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Copies of the memorandum have also been sent to the Defence Ministry, the State water resources department, Administrative Commandant, Dinjan Army Station Headquarter and Defence Estates Officer, Jorhat. The memorandum to the Prime Minister was submitted through the Deputy Commissioner here.

It may be mentioned that a good number of embankments have outlived their utility and many are in a bad shape. Repair work of the damaged embankments before the onset of the rainy season is very important to tackle the ravages wrought by floods.