NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 21 - Massive river bank erosion by the Subansiri river has rang alarm bells in North Lakhimpur town as villages just 7 kms from the town centre are fast losing their lands to the river in recent times.
The ever approaching river moved further towards the district headquarter town of Lakhimpur by eroding land at Mohaijaan village and sweeping away concrete porcupines set up by the State Water Resources Department on the river bank as an erosion-control measure.
On Sunday, the river swept away concrete porcupines worth Rs 2.3 crore on its bank near the Ghagar ferry ghat and also eroded areas along Mohaijaan and No. 1 Kuhimari villages.
Massive erosion by the Subansiri has also threatened villages like Potiya, Pub Sagolikota, Ghagar Kolakhowa, Ghagar Alengi, Mazgaon, Mohaijaan Mising, Muror Siga and Alimur village under North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle.
It may be mentioned here that the Subansiri river has moved 25 kms towards North Lakhimpur during the last 50 years and merged with the Ghagar river near North Lakhimpur by eroding vast swathes of land and displacing thousands of people.