SILCHAR, Nov 11 � Unabated erosion on the banks of the Katakhal river, coupled with alleged government indifference towards checking it, poses a serious threat to Nandigram, a village under the Salchapra Development Block of Cachar district.
�Despite appeals for remedial steps to check the erosion, the elected public representatives and departmental officials have shown no interest. If the issue remains unaddressed, there is every possibility that the entire village will be washed away in the next monsoon,� said the residents of Nandigram.
Meanwhile, a representative team of the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Kanad Purkayastha, visited the erosion site and took stock of the situation.
When the visiting members asked the villagers whether they had received any assistance from the authorities concerned or the public representatives, the people of Nandigram alleged that the political leaders are least bothered about fulfilling the promises made during the election. �An approximate amount of Rs 97 lakh was sanctioned in 2013 for the improvement of embankments and prevention of erosion. But nothing has materialised,� the villagers added.
Purkayastha maintained that the department concerned was asked to take steps to improve the situation on many occasions in the past, but it did not pay any heed. Flaying the State Government, he said, �The BJP has been exerting pressure and will continue to do so, but it is unfortunate that the State Government is not interested to resolve the issue.�