GUWAHATI, March 22 � Execution of the Majuli protection work by the Brahmaputra Board has resulted in the river island�s regaining landmass at an average rate of 2 to 2.5 square kilometers (kms) annually.
Disclosing this, Y Abdul Basheer, Vice Chairman of the Board told this correspondent that the area of the island was 502.21 square kilometers in 2004 and now it is around 520 square kilometers. The 2004 size of the island was the smallest in its entire history.
Meanwhile, one physical model of the Island has already been developed at the North Guwahati-based North Eastern Hydraulics Research Institute (NEHARI) and its testing is in progress. Results of the tests would be available by the end of the current month, he said.
Moreover, the Ministry of Water Resources� Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station has been requested to take up one mathematical model of the entire Majuli reach of the Brahmaputra.
Work on the model has already started, said Basheer. Phase-II and III of the Majuli protection work executed by the Board are scheduled to be completed by March 2014.
Phase-I of the Board�s protection work was completed in December 2010 at a cost of Rs 53.40 crore. It was started in March 2005.
Prior to the Phase-I work, the Board took up immediate measures for physical protection of the Island in January 2004 and completed it in February 2005 at a cost of Rs 5.92 crore.
Phase-II and III of the project started after March 2009 at a sanctioned cost of Rs 115.99 crore. So far, Rs 36.78 crore of the above amount has been utilized and the achievement attained so far is 35.9 per cent.
Under Phase-II and III, installation of RCC porcupines has been proposed at six locations. So far, 64 per cent of porcupines have been installed. Construction of five boulder spurs is also going on under these phases.