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Centre exposes Bihar Govt's failure

india Updated: Sep 02, 2008 17:31 IST

A blame game after the unprecedented floods in Bihar came to the fore with the state government being accused by the Centre of not sending a scheme for works to be executed on the damaged dams on the Nepal section of the Kosi river.

Just a day after a state government report of August 17 said all the embankments were safe, the Centre was suddenly informed that erosions were taking place at the Kosi dam in upper Nepal on Bahothal for the past several days, Union Minister of State for water Resources Jaiprakash Yadav told PTI on board a special train in Purnia.

The state government also said some anti-social elements have forced out labourers working to protect the embankment, he said.

"We sanctioned about Rs 80 lakh for the repair of the embankment and I was asked by Lalu Prasad to rush to Bihar to prepare the assessment report," Yadav said.

On his return to New Delhi after an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Bihar, Yadav met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to inform them of the situation.

The Ministry of Water Resources Ganga Flood Control Commission (GFCC) Director Co-ordination SS Chaudhary had written to the engineer-in-chief (North) Water Resource Department of Bihar on April 1, asking about flood protection works on the Kosi being done on the recommendations of Kosi High-Level Committee (KHLC), Yadav said.

"The estimate/scheme framed by the state govt as per recommendations of KHLC for the works to be taken up in Nepal portion before the floods of this year was not received in SS Chaudhary's office," he added.