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Steps taken to face floods: Sonowal


GUWAHATI, May 7 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday visited Athgaon in Kamrup district and took stock of the construction work of a road-cum-embankment project on the Puthimari river there.

Talking to media persons during the visit, Sonowal said the government, apart from fighting COVID-19 with containment measures, was taking steps to prepare the State for the forthcoming rainy season which would bring floods and landslides. As the battle against coronavirus would be long, the government has decided to resume economic activities and has also prepared itself for calamities like flood, he said.

Referring to the resumption of construction work of the 48-km road-cum-embankment project, Sonowal said water resources department and the district administration have been directed to complete the project at the earliest that would provide relief from flood to a large part of Athgaon area.

Saying that repairing and construction work of embankments in the State had been little delayed due to the lockdown induced by COVID-19 outbreak, the Chief Minister urged the people to extend their cooperation to complete these projects on time.

He also stressed on the need to maintain social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols during the construction works and directed the departments concerned to ensure strict observance of the same.

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