GUWAHATI, June 3 - Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi met Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director and L Boenawan Sondjaja, Deputy Country Director, Asian Development Bank on May 31 last. The meeting took place at the ADB India Head Office at San Martin Marg, New Delhi, a press release stated.
Gogoi suggested that the ADB should step up its erosion prevention work in Kaziranga citing delays in land acquisition and necessary approvals. The Kaziranga project is 20-km-long and is essential to protect the people of Dhansirimukh, Bokakhat and the wildlife population in the park.
Yokoyama assured that the work will be looked into. Yokoyama also informed about the key projects that the ADB has undertaken in Assam. The projects relate to hydropower, power transmission and water management. He further informed that there is a positive opinion on Assam and the ADB�s project will expand soon.
Gogoi stressed on the sensitive financial climate in Assam post-removal of special category status, 90:10 funding pattern and the introduction of GST. There was an increased need for external funding for Assam, he said.
With regard to the expansion of the Assam Urban Infrastructure Investment Programme, which has been implemented in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, Gogoi said that plan of action should include strengthening the project in other major cities and towns in Assam too.