Flood scene starts improving day by day. The water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries start receding following the halt of the rains.The Brahmaputra flowing below the dangerlevel in Dibrugarh, Jorhat Guwahati and Dhubri suggesting more relief for over10 lakh people.
In the worst-hit Dibrugarh and Dhemaji, water level is receding rapidly. But some low lying areas are still under waters. “It would take a few more days for Dhemaji town to completely get out of the blues. Only the vital roads are clear. Many by lanes in the town are still under waters,” said a local resident.
Same scene prevails in Dibrugarh. Only the town areas seem to have heaved a sigh of relief. The adjacent areas would take more time to be cleared of the waters.
“The by going flood waves have completely ravaged us. It has damaged our houses. Our poultry were washed away. Crops have been destroyed. We have nothing around us to survive,” said a local resident in the outskirt of Dibrugarh town.
District administration told Assam Times that the extent of damage has yet to be assessed. The scene is not different in Sonitpur Dhubri, Barpeta, Kokrajhar Chirang Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Kaziranga and Nalbari.
A slew of projects over the Bharalu river implemented to help Guwahati get rid of massive water logging has failed to pay any dividend during the last five years. But the amount spent in the name of a single river is astronomical.
The huge fund to the crore of rupees was implemented from 2009-10 to 2013-14. But the premier north eastern city still grapples with massive waterlogging even after heavy downpour. Then where the money have gone? The answer is down the drain.
According to information available with Assam Times, in 2009-10, Rs 50 lakh was spent in the name of an estimate for excavation of earth from evicted areas and desiltation to increase carrying capacity of the Bharalu and Mora Bharalu.
In the same year, anotherfund of Rs 17.53 lakh was utilized in the name of operation and maintenance of pumping station at Bharaumukh Sluice gate for dewatering of Guwahatistorm water.
In 2010-11, the water resources development department spent Rs 21.70 lakh to remove silt of the river by excavation with machineries.
This was followed by the operation and maintenance of pumping station at Bharalumukh apart from installation of electric powerlines to submersible pump. The expenditure was Rs 16 lakh.
In 2011- 12, another huge amount of Rs 98.50 lakh was spent to desilt and clean the river by excavation. In the same year, Rs 18.10 lakh was spent to maintain pumping station in Bharalumukh for dewatering storm waters.
Not only that. The water resources development department spent another huge fund of Rs 65.12 lakh again for desiltation and cleaning of the same river in 2012-13. This was followed by the maintenance of the same pumping station with a Rs 22.54 lakh fund.
In 2013-14, the river was excavated wit machineries to maintain proper installation and gradation of sluices. The expenditure was Rs 71.20 lakh.
This was followed by the expenditure of Rs 25.05 lakh for operation and maintenance of the pumping station in 2013-14. These are apart from renovation of the sluice gate with Rs 5.84 lakh.
But the people the city and its people have not get even an iota of respite from rainwaters that continue to wreak havoc at regular intervals. Will the authorities look into it?
The Bodoland Territorial Council is unhappy with Rockybul Hussain after the forest minister withdrew the AFPF forces from BTAD areas following the Ultapani incident where suspected NDFB-S militants took away arms from the forces at gunpoint.
Speaking to reporters in Kokrajhar on Tuesday, BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyari said that the government has withdrawn AFPF without any intimation. “Rather the government should have engaged more forces for protection and conservation purpose,” said Borgoyari.
He further asked NDFB(Songbijit faction) to return the arms they snatched from the eco task force in Ultapani for the greater interest of protection of forest and wildlife in the Bodoland region.
26 Sep 2007 - 3:52am | editor
Guwahati: Applications from competent reporter-journalists are invited for the 3rd GNRC media fellowship 2007-08 to study the healthcare scenario in Northeast India. The three-month long fellowship, conceived by Dr NC Borah, CMD of GNRC hospital and implemented with the help of Guwahati Press Club, is open to all mid-career journalists based in the region. The applicant must be a working journalist and have experiences for at least three years in any filed of print, visual or web journalism. The fellows will receive Rs 10,000 (ten thousand only) per month that would commence from December 1, 2007.
The number of fellows has been increased this time to five, where two seats will be reserved for journalists of other Northeastern states. Till date, seven journalists of Guwahati have successfully completed the GNRC media fellowship. The submitted reports of the fellows will be compiled in a book form, stated in release issued by the GPC secretary, Nava Thakuria.
Interests journalists are requested to send their applications with a brief CV, a proposal of around 500 words (narrating why he/she is interested to join the fellowship program) and a letter from the concerned editor (ensuring that he/she would arrange space for publication of the articles prepared by the fellows during the program) to the Secretary, Guwahati Press Club, Guwahati-781001 (ph. 0361 2630963) on or before October 20, 2007. No applicants will be entertained after the date, added in the statement.