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Centre clears 52 Master Plans of NE river basins

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, March 16 - The Centre has cleared 52 Master Plans of River Basins of Northeast region, including main stem of Brahmaputra and Barak rivers prepared by the Brahmaputra Board for implementation of its recommendations by respective State governments.

The control of floods and erosion is also part of recommendations, said Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria in a Rajya Sabha reply.

The Minister of State for Jal Shakti said that every year Assam, Manipur and other Northeast region suffer losses due to heavy rains and flood. Flood management being a State subject, schemes for flood management and erosion control are formulated and implemented by the State governments. The Centre plays advisory, catalytic and promotional role.

In addition, the Government of India has also released funds to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland under the Flood Management Programme in the last four financial years for execution of their flood management schemes.

Further, as a soft measure, the Government of India through Central Water Commission issues flood forecasts for Northeast States which facilitates them to manage the flood, he added.

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