DIBRUGARH, July 17 - Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha on Thursday constituted a joint committee headed by the DFO (T) with an Assistant Commissioner as member secretary and Executive Engineer, Water Resources as member to carry out a study on factors leading to increase in flooding and erosion along the river banks in the district including alleged illegal silt mining and issues pertaining to delay in completion of anti-erosion projects.
The committee was formed after a meeting organised in the office of the Deputy Commissioner to discuss issues related to river bank protection along the Dibrugarh Town Protection dyke, erosion in the district and illegal silt mining.
The meeting, presided over by the DC, was attended by Dibrugarh Development Commissioner Sanjoy Dutta, Additional Deputy Commissioners Rajiv Thapa and Ranjit Konwar, DFO, Dibrugarh Forest Division (T) Pradipta Baruah, Executive Engineer, Water Resources Dipak Bora and president, Flood Erosion Resistance Struggle Forum, Binod Kedia among others.
On the request of the DC, Kedia presented his views on factors posing a threat to the DTP dyke and also leading to an increase in flooding and erosion along other river banks. He said that illegal silt mining in Mohonaghat and Maijan in Dibrugarh was causing erosion along the DTP dyke. He stressed timely completion of projects being implemented by the Water Resources department for river bank protection in the district.
Deputy Commissioner Jha also took views from DFO (T) and Executive Engineer, Water Resources, before constituting the committee. He asked the committee to submit a detailed report within a month.
ADC Rajiv Thapa was also asked to prepare a plan for eviction of those illegally occupying areas along the banks of the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh.