TEZPUR, Aug 31 � For years, flood and erosion have been causing untold miseries to thousands of people in Sonitpur district. The Brahmaputra and its tributaries like Jiabharali, Gabharu and Belsiri are now posing a serious threat to lakh of bighas of crop land and residential plots.
The people of Gohpur, Biswanath, Tezpur, Barchala and Dhekiajuli LACs in Sonitpur district particularly those who have been living on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, Jiabharali, Gabharu and Belsiri, covering a distance of more than a hundred km have expressed their strong resentment over the alleged indifferent attitude of government and even the local public representatives towards this serious issue.
Over 100 km of distance area have been eroded in Sonitpur district by the aforementioned rivers till date. Sources revealed here that during the last 11 years, crore of rupees have been spent for checking the problem but no positive result has yielded. According to the government record, Gohpur and it�s adjoining areas are affected by flood and erosion by the river Brahmaputra. Hundreds of people have been displaced and more than 300 meter land have been eroded in Arimora Suti, Paken and Saraibahi area under Gohpur subdivision in Sonitpur district while the Water Resource department sources disclosed that more than 2 km distance of land has been eroded by river Brahmaputra in Behali-Silmari area under Biswanath subdivision. Likewise, 4 km in Panpur in Biswanath, 5 km from Biswanath to Solmari, 1� km in Bhoojmari have been eroded by Brahmaputra river, while in Tezpur from Bhumuraguri to Jahajghat, Parbatia, Gabharu, Singri, Teligaon and Sitolmari areas falling under Tezpur and Barchala LACs in Sonitpur at least 28 km have been eroded by river Brahmaputra. On the other hand Jiabharali river has eroded 12.50 km land. Record says that 2 km in Bordikorai, 3 km from Samdhora to Orang basti, 1� km in Singitoli, 2 km from Dikoraijan to Kuttamora, 1 km in Kurukani and about 3 km land have been eroded in Rajgar-Tengakhuti area due to the erosion caused by river Jiabharali. Moreover, due to the erosion caused by river Gabharu under Barchala LAC, five hundred meter in Barbil, 1 km in Meghaijarani, and seven hundred meter in Nabil, area have already eroded. Even, the Belsiri river under Dhekiajuli revenue circle in Sonitpur district has caused severe erosion in almost 2 km distance in Keherokhunda, Besimari and it�s adjoining areas.
A local resident and ex-ABSU worker of the area Phanidhar Basumatary informed that already 25 families of Uttar Khagori Jan and Nalini Duba village under Thelamara GP and Dhekiajuli revenue circle have been displaced as already more than 50 bighas of crop and residential lands owned by these people have been eroded by the Belsiri river. �Because of this unchecked problem residents of these two villages have become almost paralyzed from all sides as the agencies concerned are yet to come forward to assist them.� Phanidhar Basumatary alleged.
More importantly, even after lakh of bighas of farming land, school, temple, government offices along with dwellings of people have been threatened due to the erosion caused by the mighty Brahmaputra and it�s tributaries Jiabharali, Belsiri and Gabharu during the past many years the department concerned of the State Government has not taken any proper measure to check the problem.