NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Aug 2 � The recent erosion by river Bogeenadi, a tributary of Subansiri has destroyed hectors of farm land full of crops in the eastern part of Lakhimpur district.
The river Bogeenadi which has not created any flood so far, took a sharp turn in Ratanpur village under Kadam Revenue Circle on July 21 causing heavy erosion on its eastern bank where villagers were planting paddy after breaching the embankment that joins Ghulichuk village with Bogeenadi township. The massive erosion by Bogeenadi in the peak planting season destroyed hectares of land with newly-planted paddy saplings of the local villagers besides sweeping away houses.
One Govinda Chetry of No. 2 Ratanpur Nepaligaon lost his house in this erosion besides six bighas of farm land with planted paddy. The erosion of Bogeenadi swept away atleast 15 dwelling houses last year besides destroying paddy fields on the river side of the E&D department�s embankment. This time the erosion has destroyed eight bighas of paddy field on the outside of the embankment on the eastern bank of the river. Villagers Biren Basumatary and Ranjeet Mushahary of the neighbouring village of Ghulichuk lost several bighas of their patta paddy field with Ranjeet variety of rice plants in the recent erosion by Bogeenadi.
Though the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur and Revenue Circle Officer of Kadam visited the erosion-affected areas of Bogeenadi, the villagers have complained that no preventive measures have been taken up by the concerned departments to stop the erosion. The villagers also staged a demonstration in front of the Circle Office of Kadam at Bogeenadi on July 25 demanding immediate anti-erosion measures by the authorities. The erosion has also threatened the Bogeenadi Police Station, a major police station in the eastern part of Lakhimpur district, some 15 km away from the district headquarters.