Assam Floods: Preparedness meeting held in Guwahati to tackle upcoming Monsoon
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Water Resources Department and other line departments to remain fully prepared to tackle the onslaught of seasonal floods as Assam has a reputation of experiencing flood due to torrential rains in the state.
Reviewing the flood preparedness of the Water Resources Department in presence of its Minister Keshab Mahanta, Sonowal took stock of the strength of the embankments that were essentially created to serve as a deterrent against flood. The thrust of the meeting was flood management as the Chief Minister took note of the breaches on embankments caused by multiple waves of floods last year.
A total of 12.02 km of embankments were constructed as against only 0.60 km during the last two years by the previous Government in the state. Moreover, the State Government in the past two years raised and strengthened 103 kms of embankments and in the same period, 44 anti-erosion and town protection works were completed.
To enable the State Government’s preparedness for floods and to minimise the loss caused by it, a total of 168 schemes worth Rs. 345 crore was taken up including plugging of the breaches, and 158 schemes have been completed so far.
Sonowal asked the Water Resources Department to complete the remaining the schemes on a war footing.
Sonowal has emphasised that during flood season Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department along with other line departments and district administration should keep the essential items ready to meet any exigency.
Preparedness meeting held in Guwahati to tackle upcoming Monsoon