JORHAT, May 9 - Majuli Deputy Commissioner Debaprasad Misra has sought another report from Divisional Executive Engineer Bhaskarjyoti Choudhury of the Brahmaputra Board furnishing all the details regarding the status of the work carried out by a private firm under the Board to protect the embankments of Majuli from large-scale unabated erosion.
Misra told The Assam Tribune today that the report submitted to him by Choudhury was inadequate regarding the allegations brought about by the local people regarding the quality of work undertaken by the firm in the area.
Stating that there was no clarity in the report submitted to him yesterday, Misra said that he has directed the executive engineer of the Brahmaputra Board to submit another report with all the necessary details responding to the charges of inferior quality of work done by the firm.
"I have asked for a detailed report at the earliest responding to the allegations brought out by the villagers about the irregularities in work underway at Bhakat Sapori, which reportedly led to the failure in fulfilling its objective, " the DC said.
It may be mentioned here that on Monday, tension erupted at Bhakat Sapori area of the island as villagers protested strongly against alleged poor quality of work and detection of "irregularities" in the ongoing project as a result of which the river reportedly washed away newly-installed geo-bags, many of which were alleged to be empty.
Receiving information about the incident the Deputy Commissioner deputed two Assistant Commissioners to the spot who defused the situation by listening to complaints of the villagers regarding the protection works carried out by the firm.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is the Majuli Legislator, irked over the slow progress of work related to protection of Majuli island from massive erosion by the Brahmaputra, in March this year gave an ultimatum to the private firm - TK Engineering - to complete the project within May this year on a war-footing or face legal action.
Brahmaputra Board Chairman visits Majuli: As per the directive of the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal the Brahmaputra Board Chairman Rajiv Yadav today came to Majuli and visited Bhakot Sapori.
A Majuli island administration source told this newspaper that Yadav reached the site in the afternoon and took stock of the situation.
Yadav listened to the complaints and grievances of the villagers regarding the ongoing project and assured them to look into the same, the source informed.
The source further stated that Yadav assured the people to implement the project in the most professional way to achieve its objective and said that tomorrow he was scheduled to meet the Chief Minister in Dispur to brief on the progress of the project, the source stated.