Brahmaputra Board Chairman assures to inspect Siang river on ‘dredging’ issue

Brahmaputra Board Chairman assures to inspect Siang river on ‘dredging’ issue

| Correspondent |

PASIGHAT, Oct 7: Post drawing the Centre’s notice for dredging of Siang river to solve the recurrent flood and erosion problems in the downstream areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has now taken up the issue with the Brahmaputra Board.

Following Ering’s plea to take note of ground level situation of the river bed, Brahmaputra Board Chairman Rajiv Yadav has assured to visit Pasighat in November next to inspect Siang river for possible dredging of the river bed.

In response to the MP’s request, Yadav showed his personal interest on the concern of the people of Arunachal living along the Siang and Brahmaputra basin and ‘agreed’ to deputing experts to study and survey the Siang river, where he will also personally inspect the sites.

After apprising Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resource, Arjun Ram Meghwal recently of present situation concerning Siang river, Ering took it up with the concerned Ministry’s Brahmaputra Board.

The Congress MP had earlier suggested to the Centre for dredging of Siang River to solve the recurrent flood and erosion problems in the downstream areas of Arunachal like Sigar, Raling, Motum, Borguli, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum, Mer in the left bank side and Pasighat, Berung, Sika Tode, Sika Bamin, Jampani areas under right bank side of the river besides further downstream villages in Assam. He also requested for dredging and construction of embankments along banks of Siang, which may cost approximately Rs 2000 crore.

To bring permanent solution to over flooding and erosion of the downstream areas, Ering urged the Union Water Resources Minister including Brahmaputra Board to initiate preventive measures such as dredging of Siang River from Raneghat of East Siang district of Arunachal to Oiramghat of Assam. He also suggested the Ministry to initiate dialogue with China on the release of water from the dams in Yarlung Zangpo/Tsangpo in Tibet to solve flooding and erosion of the downstream areas as several lives and agricultural lands were affected this year due to unnatural behaviour of Siang river, which was not seen before.

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