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Brahmaputra Board to be revamped

It is proposed to revamp the Brahmaputra Board for which suggestions have been invited in writing from members so as to complete this within six weeks time.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2003 10:17 IST

With a view to speed up implementation of plans, it is proposed to revamp the Brahmaputra Board for which suggestions have been invited in writing from members so as to complete this within six weeks time.

At the 39th meeeting of the Board, its Chairman M K Sharma said the PMO has directed that there is need to refurbish the functioning of the Board and asked the members to spell out the constraints facing different projects in the Brahmaputra and Barak valley, according to an official release.

It was felt that the Board be given status similar to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to enable it to raise funds from the public so as to finance projects.

The meeting discussed the status of the ongoing projects, namely, Harrang Drainage Development Scheme, Pagladiya Dam Project and Avulsion of Brahmaputra at Dholla-Hatighuli and the Board was apprised of the position, according to an official release.

Sharma informed members on the ongoing the Rehabilitation and Resettlement package of Pagladiya Dam project and overall socio-economic development of the people of the area.

The Secretary, Water Resources Department, Assam Government, objected to issuance of No-Objection Certificate for implementation of the projects on the ground that the downstream of the river flowing in that state causes floods, erosion and silting.

He wanted the Board to immediately appoint a Director to look after the North Eastern Hydraulic Allied Research Institute (NEHARI).

Board Chairman said that it was the responsibility of the State government to take up the matter and sort out the problem with other riparian states.