Industries and commerce minister Chander Prakash Ganga on Saturday inspected flood protection measures along the Deval and Basanter rivulets.
During a tour to forward villages in Ramgarh tehsil, Ganga visited Koulpur, Kamore and other villages hit in previous year's floods due to breach in protection bunds of the twin rivulets.He inspected the breach sites and other vulnerable spots along the Devak and Basanter.
The locals of Koulpur village apprised Ganga of the situation which led to the flooding of the area and requested him for taking effective flood protection measures to prevent repeat of last year's situation during the upcoming monsoon season.
The locals informed the minister that the villages adjoining to Devak and Basanter, including Koulpur, Khanpur Rattanpur, Rangoor, Rangoor Camp, Barota, Keso, Kamor, Kamor Camp, Nanga are highly flood prone and need immediate flood protection measures.
The minister directed the flood control department to make straight diversion channel in the Devak river from Koulpur to Tarapur so as to divert the maximum flow of water during floods.
He also directed for construction of a similar diversion channel along the Basanter to minimise the flow of water during floods.
The executive engineer flood control informed the minister about the steps taken by the department to avert such eventuality. He added that the process of making of diversion channel in Kamore forward area is already in progress and will be completed soon and a proposal of bund construction of 750 metres in Kamore forward area has already been made and work will be started soon.