JORHAT, May 22 - The Geological Survey of India (GSI) will carry out a study on the large-scale erosion caused by the Brahmaputra on its banks in Majuli as a pilot project to know about the pattern of the natural phenomenon in depth with an objective of finding better ways to mitigate erosion that has wrecked havoc in the island.
In this connection, a three-member GSI delegation led by the Director (State Unit: Assam) Somnath Sharma arrived in Majuli today to prepare the ground work to conduct the study.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune this evening, Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra, said that the delegation called on him at his office and had a prelminary discussion about the project.
Misra stated that in the meeting, attended by the Additional Deputy Commissioner Chinmoy Nath, in charge of the District Disaster Management Authority, senior officials of the Brahmaputra Board and Water Resources Department, the GSI team told them that it will conduct vulnerability mapping of the river banks that have been severely hit by erosion over the years as part of the study.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the GSI�s project to conduct the survey on erosion in Majuli will be part of a big project to carry out a comprehensive study on river systems of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers.
He said as stated by the GSI delegation that study in Majuli will be on erosion and other matters related to the subject like soil and water quality, water currents etc. will be the pilot project of the large study project on both the important rivers of Assam.
The DC said that the proposed Majuli study is aimed at having a close study on erosion and to find out ways through scientific means to tackle the problem that has become a big natural calamity in the island, affecting a sizeable population of the island.
He said that the team informed that a detailed presentation on the proposed project will be given to the district administration and other stakeholders of Majuli soon before starting the field work. Misra further said that the study was likely to be of a longer duration of time.
It may be mentioned here that thousands of people in Majuli have been rendered homeless and also large swathes of their agricultural land gobbled up by the Brahmaputra with perennial floods adding to the woes of the people.