GUWAHATI, March 24 � The flow of Central fund for Assam water resources� schemes has increased significantly. This is due to the liberal approach of the Central Government towards the special category states in according grants. The situation in relation to fund allocation to the State�s water resources schemes started improving since March 2007.
Till date, during the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the State received Rs 617 crore for its water resources schemes. During this Five Year Plan, 102 water resources schemes of the State, worth Rs 996 crore have been taken up. Ninety per cent of this fund is Central grant. This is against the Rs 78.81 crore allocated to the State�s projects during the Tenth Five-Year Plan, said Vice-Chairman of the Brahmaputra Board, Y Abdul Basheer. He was talking to The Assam Tribune.
Besides, he said the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) is expected to take up certain measures to study the issue of restricting the Brahmaputra within certain width. Such an effort has been done in Bangladesh, Basheer said, quoting Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Brahmaputra Board is soon entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati for a Rs 2.4 crore mathematical model study for the 918 kilometer-long Indian part of the Brahmaputra starting from Arunachal Pradesh. This is to establish a rainfall-runoff (flow) relationship to help flood management. The project will be operated on completion of four years.
He said the IIT, Guwahati project will also have the component of climate change, besides confining the river within certain width. Moreover, it will study all the structures, coming up on the river � either across it or on its banks.
The Board has been given a larger role by the Central Water Commission (CWC) for physical verification and preliminary appraisal of the proposed flood management schemes of Assam Water Resources Department for which Central funding is required, he said.
The Board has by this time completed 55 master plans on the NE rivers. It was mandated to complete 57 master plans and of them, 49 have already been approved by the Government of India (GoI) and communicated to the respective states for implementation by their own agencies. Additionally, the process to grant Board�s approval to six other master plans is also on.
The rest two are under preparation and expected to be completed by the end of the current month.