GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - The Water Resources Department (WRD) of the State has failed to submit to the Central Government the detailed project reports (DPRs) of the five schemes it has proposed and its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has cleared since the latter�s 54th sitting held on May 18, 2012, for saving Dhemaji district from flood, alleged the Sadou Asam Jala-Sampad Thikadar Santha. The Santha said that the above schemes were estimated to cost a total amount of Rs 2196.179 crore, said the Santha.
On the other hand, the WRD has also failed to foresee the possibility of the floodwaters overtopping the embankments in Dibrugarh district as fallout of the rise in the Brahmaputra bed level.
In a statement here recently, the Santha has alleged that the WRD has failed to prepare a long-term scheme to save Dhemaji district from flood. This has made around 65 villages of the district to remain under floodwaters for about six months of a year since 1998.
The Santha has also alleged that the MLAs and MPs representing the district have also not bothered to raise the issue of flood in district, which has now become a perennial one, in the appropriate forums.
There is no boulder or timber spar erected to protect the Brahmaputra embankments in the district and this has resulted in the repeated breach in these embankments since 1960, said the Santha.