PM assures to tackle erosion of Majuli on a war footing

November 14th, 2007 - 3:03 am ICT by admin  
Reviewing the action taken by the government to counteract the erosion of the Majuli Island, Singh stressed the importance of Majuli as a site of great emotional and cultural significance to Assam given the presence of the Vaishnavite Satras.

He said the government should mobilize the best technical competence available to address the task of stopping erosion there. Singh directed that the Action Plan be implemented on highest priority.

In addition to technical professionals, he said, civil society professionals should also be enlisted for the preservation of the Majuli Island.

The Prime Minister also desired that an update on the work done on this matter might be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) every three months.

A Presentation was made on the gradual but steady erosion of the Majuli Island on account of high silt and sand content making it very erodible, and the steps being taken to tackle the problem.

The steps include the acceptance of a detailed project plan of Rs. 86.50 crores to be executed in three phases. Of these, Phase-1 of Rs.41.28 crores is now under implementation and is expected to be complete by March 2008. Phase-2 and 3 would be taken up and completed by year 2009.

The meeting was informed that the measures taken up under Phase-1 has had some positive impact on reducing further erosion, saving of crops and improvement of communications, the PMO said.

The Minister of Water Resources will head a high level team for a field visit, soon after the monsoon, to assess the situation and take corrective action where required. The Ministry of Culture requested for accelerated action given the fact that Majuli is being sponsored by the Government of India as a site to be declared as world heritage.

The Ministers of Water Resources and Culture, and the Secretaries of Water Resources and DONER, Chairman, Brahamaputra Board and Director General, ASI attended the meeting. (ANI)

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