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Jamuguri under grip of massive erosion

By Correspondent

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 19 - Vast swathes of Jamuguri in Dholpur region of Lakhimpur district are facing massive erosion caused by the mighty Brahmaputra.

Other villages of the region are also facing erosion caused by the mighty river.

The already affected area of Jamuguri ferry ghat has been witnessing massive erosion since April this year. The remaining portion of the ghat, including plantation area of the Soil Conservation Department and Atura Sapori were gobbled up by the river.

River bank erosion caused by the Brahmaputra during the last couple of years took eroded almost 80 per cent of the land belonging to Atura Sapori, 99 per cent of the inland waterways ghat and 70 per cent of the Soil Conservation Department�s plantation site.

Similarly, erosion caused by the same river has completely swept away three villages, namely Chelek, Bar Ati and Bokadowa. The neighbouring Banpuroi area is also witnessing rapid erosion by the Brahmaputra. Unabated erosion is also threatening dozens of displaced families taking shelter on the embankment of the Brahmaputra at Jamuguri.

The Lakhimpur district Panchayat and Rural Development Department has initiated an anti-erosion programme worth Rs 48 lakh which would be executed under MGNREGA scheme for this area.

However, implementation of anti-erosion measures in the area has been marred by slow pace, making the entire area vulnerable to flood and erosion.

Meanwhile, massive erosion caused by the Dikrong has destroyed hectares of agricultural land at Dahgharia village under Bihpuria Revenue Circle in Lakhimpur district. The peasants, who witnessed largescale destruction of standing crops due to pest attack last year, are now witnessing their Ahu paddy fields with standing crops being destroyed by the turbulent waters of the river.

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