NALBARI, May 21 � The fate of the much-awaited Barbhag drainage development scheme, being implemented at Nash village in Nalbari district to control the flood problem, is hanging in the balance due to the alleged corrupt practices of some Brahmaputra Board officials.
Even the construction company had left the site after only ten per cent work on the project in the last two years. The company reportedly failed to get their running bill as they declined to pay a �huge amount as bribe� to a high official of the Brahmaputra Board.
Under the Barbhag drainage development project a sluice gate is also being constructed over the Satha channel at Nash village at a cost of Rs 11 crore. When completed, the storm water of the Barbhag area will drain out to the Pagladiya through the sluice gate. Similarly, the sluice gate will protect the back-flow of the Pagladiya river during the floods in monsoon.
However, the dream of the Central Water Commission is yet to become a reality due to the failure of the Brahmaputra Board. The construction of the project began in November 2012 with a completion target of 18 months. Unfortunately, the construction firm in last 19 months could finish only a few portions of the project. Worse still, the company had stopped works and left the site, citing non-payment of running bills.
The local people told this correspondent, who visited the project area on Monday, that the negligence of the Brahmaputra Board officials has been delaying this flood management project. While denouncing the act of the Brahmaputra Board official seeking bribe from the construction company, they also demanded that the Nalbari Deputy Commissioner should take stock of the project.