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Erosion poses serious threat at Barkshetri

By Correspondent

NALBARI, June 26 - Massive erosion caused by the river Brahmaputra is posing a serious threat to Kaplabari and Peradhara villages under Barkshetri revenue circle in Nalbari district. The Government�s inaction in carrying out anti-erosion project work at the erosion-hit sites has worsened the situation.

In Kaplabari village, more than 20 per cent of the embankment on the right bank of the river has already been eroded. The continuous erosion is posing a serious threat to the dyke which is considered a lifeline of the greater parts of Nalbari and Barpeta districts. If the embankment gets breached at Kaplabari, the river will submerge large areas in both the districts. It is even feared that the heavy current of the river will wash away the dwelling houses of the nearby areas if a breach is caused at Kaplabari. The subdivisional office of the Water Resources department of Mukalmua has been erecting some bamboo spurs to prevent the erosion, but that has been totally ineffective.

On the other hand, the river is also posing a severe threat at Peradhara village near Rampur. The continuous erosion has also threatened the existence of the Peradhara model hospital. If the department fails to arrest the erosion, the model hospital will fall into the river soon.

Presently the river is only a few metres ahead of the hospital. Unfortunately, the department has taken up no steps to protect the hospital from the erosion of the river. At the same time, the erosion of the Pagladiya river is also posing threat at various places in its course. There is massive erosion at Karia, Sadhnapar, Kamarkuchi, Hanapara, Hablakha and Bullitpar in the district.

It is very unfortunate that the Government has not taken the issue of massive erosion seriously. It may be mentioned here that at this precarious time, the sub divisional officer and the junior engineers of Mukalmua have been engaged in NRC update works. As a result they have failed to look after the anti- erosion works in the subdivision since a long time back.

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