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Floods dampen Gujarat's mega river project

Concerns were voiced over the multi-crore project, the first of its kind in the country, post floods.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 10:38 IST

The gushing flood waters, that raised the level of the Sabarmati river alarmingly in Ahmedabad, recently have also raised doubts over the completion of the Gujarat government's ambitious river front project.

Concerns were voiced over the multi-crore project, the first of its kind in the country where a river front area would be developed as a public place, after 2.75 lakh cusecs of water was released from the Dharoi dam. Officials connected with the project are, however, still optimistic and say that flood waters will not drown the project.

When flood waters came gushing in and submerged all the hutments along the river bank, it also completely submerged the concrete pathway constructed by the Ahmedabad Municipal corporation (AMC) and all the earth moving equipment that were on the riverbed.

Still optimistic that the Rs 1,400 crore project will be completed successfully, Ahmedabad city Municipal Commissior IP Gautam told PTI "The pathway has been designed in such a manner that it may be submerged during floods but when the water receds it will be clear that there are few damages."

However, the second phase of the project will be in such a manner that flood waters would not affect it.

Regarding the several earth movers and numerous other smaller equipments that were submerged when the river swelled, the AMC Commissioner said they had warned the contractors to remove their machines and if they were not taken away from the river bed prior to the floods it was not the fault of the authorities.

First Published: Aug 23, 2006 09:59 IST