JORHAT, Aug 22 - In order to create mass awareness on the ongoing process of the establishment of the North East Brahamaputra River Rejuvenation Authority (NEBRA), Jorhat- based non-governmental organisation Society Inspiring Technological Agriculture (SITA) organised an interaction programme at Jorhat Press Club on Friday.
Retired professor of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) Dr Tapan Dutta, who is also the president of the organisation, highlighted several important issues on the drafted functions and the mandates of NEBRA which is expected to fulfil the dreams of controlling floods and erosion of the mighty Brahmaputra along with proper implementation of irrigation and drinking water projects for the people of the State.
As the Brahamaputra Board is said to be replaced by the newly drafted establishment like NEBRA Professor Dutta said that pros and cons of every aspect of the technical projects should be properly examined before finalising budget for these.
�We hope that the new body will fulfil the expectations of the people of our State. This should be set up soon to implement schemes for flood and erosion control .Our interaction programme aims to create awareness on NEBRA so that people will be able to reap its benefit properly,� said Professor Dutta.
Citing various hydrological features of the mighty Brahmaputra with photographic presentation he said that there must be a proper study on the big river which is known as a rich treasure of aquatic biodiversities. He said that the Union Minister of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Baharati has already responded favourably to his suggestions to include representatives of External Affairs Ministry to handle some issues of the Brahamaputra basin.
�It is important to note that the Barahamputra basin is surrounded by five foreign countries, unlikely any river basin of the Indian Union. Therefore I suggested to include representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Home in the governing council of NEBRA,� he said.
Expressing concern over the unabated problems of flood and erosion in the State retired civil engineer and educationist of Jorhat, Bhaba Chetia said that proper scientific study on the hydrological features of the mighty river is the need of the hour to initiate any project for controlling flood and erosion in a particular location on its bank.
�Proper study is yet to be done by any authority. We request the ministry concerned to initiate study the mighty river properly to make the future projects successful. Public money must be spent only on those projects which are properly designed to solve the problems by the authority concerned. We are hopeful that NEBRA will solve the prolonged issues of flood and erosion besides the implementation of irrigation and drinking water projects adequately,� said Chetia.
Participating in the interaction an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Technology and the former CMD of the State irrigation department Promod Barua hoped that if NEBRA examines each of the delicate aspects of the future projects before implementation better results will automatically come.
Along with the retired engineers many other members of civil society including Dr Suresh Gogoi, Ajit Sarama and several journalists of Jorhat participated in the interaction programme.