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New body likely to replace Brahmaputra River Authority

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 2 - A corporation is likely to replace the proposed North East Brahmaputra River Rejuvenation Authority as the Centre is actively considering a revised Bill for its constitution.

A decision has been taken to form a corporation in place of the earlier proposed structure of NEBRRA. Accordingly, the revised Bill with a proposal to constitute a corporation is under active consideration in the Ministry, said Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti.

The draft Bill on NEBRRA was circulated to all the North Eastern States and West Bengal on February 23 last for their comments and views. All the basin States agreed with the proposal of NEBRRA and the comments received were incorporated in the draft Bill.

In 2012, a policy document on restructuring of the Brahmaputra Board into a basin authority was circulated to all the North Eastern States and West Bengal for their comments and views. All the North Eastern States, including Sikkim and West Bengal completely agreed with the concept note.

Arunachal Pradesh, while agreeing to the policy document expressed some apprehension, which was duly replied by the Ministry. The policy document detailed the structure for the basin organisation.

Thereafter, incorporating all the view points of the State governments and in consultation with the Justice Doabia Committee Report on River Basin Management Act, 2012, the draft Bill was prepared. An intra-ministerial group was constituted by the Ministry to review all aspects of the draft Bill and the committee finalised the draft Bill on February 11, 2014, the Minister said.

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