NEW DELHI, April 28 - The Congress party has asked the Centre to take immediate action before the onset of the Monsoon to merge the proposed North East Brahmaputra River Rejuvenation Authority (NEBRRA) and the Brahmaputra Board.
Tabling a Zero Hour notice in the Rajya Sabha, Ripun Bora said that the Assam government has passed a Bill to constitute the Brahmaputra Valley River Basin Authority by merging the proposed NEBRRA and the Brahmaputra Board. But till date, all proposals are pending with the Central government. �I also urge the government to take up the matter under the National Disaster Management Scheme without any further delay,� he said.
Brahmaputra, the mighty river, passes through China, India and Bangladesh and, as such, the 2,900-km-long river shares water with these three countries. Surging waters and floods during the Monsoon season is an annual occurrence in Assam and this affects Bangladesh, too. There was a proposal by the Assam government to set up the NEBRRA to tackle the floods and the problem of erosion in Assam. However, the Central government has neither taken any initiative to set up the NEBRRA and find a scientific way of controlling floods and erosion of river banks, nor has it undertaken de-siltation of the Brahmaputra River through the proposed Brahmaputra Valley River Basin Authority.
The government had proposed setting up of the NEBRRA almost a year ago, for the restructuring and revamp of the Brahmaputra Board, through a Bill in the Parliament. The Brahmaputra Board was set up in 1981 but it is currently in a totally non-functional state, he said.