Ganga erosion threatens JP Narayan memorial in Bihar
The Ganga is threatening to sweep away the Narendra Modi government’s tribute to socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan.india Updated: Oct 17, 2016 01:44 IST
The Ganga is threatening to sweep away the Narendra Modi government’s tribute to socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan.
More than a year after the government announced to build a memorial barely 200 metres from the Ganga at the late leader’s birthplace, Sitab Diara along the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border, an alarm has been sounded because of erosion of the river banks.
The Union culture ministry, which is implementing the project, has flagged the problem, while the prime minister’s office, where the issue was raised at a meeting on October 13, has directed the water resources ministry to ready a proposal to check the erosion.
“The area where the memorial is coming up is erosion-prone. We are aware of it and taking necessary steps,” said a senior water resources ministry official.
Seasonal floods are common at Sitab Diara, where JP, as he is popularly known, was born.
The socialist icon’s ancestral home is at Lala Ka Tola in Bihar’s Chhapra district, but parts of the village come under Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh.
“Both states will have to jointly work on the project. We have written to the UP and Bihar governments to prepare a detailed proposal,” the official said. “Once the proposal is sent to us we will technically evaluate it.”
The project to keep the river at bay could cost up to `300 crore.
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Emergency last June, the NDA government announced to build JP’s memorial at his birthplace.
Besides, a museum and an institute for research and study on democracy will also come up at the site.
JP, as he was popularly called, launched the Sampoorna Kranti or total revolution movement which triggered the fall of the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government in 1977.
This led to the first non-Congress government at the Centre with Morarji Desai as prime minister.