‘40 million hectares in India flood prone’March 30th, 2009 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 30 (IANS) As much as 40 million hectares in the country, a major portion of it in the Ganga river basin is flood-prone, a flood control official said Monday.
“Forty million hectares in India is flood prone out of which the Ganga river basin constitutes 50 per cent,” said A.K. Bajaj, a member (project) of the Ganga Flood Control Commission, who is in the Himachal Pradesh capital to attend the 40th Ganga Flood Control Commission meeting.
The total geographical area of the Ganga river basin, which is spread over 11 states, is 86.14 million hectares.
Bajaj said that under flood management programme, Rs.80 billion (Rs.8,000 crore) had been earmarked during the 11th Plan for taking measures in affected areas.
“The states should frame schemes to get priority in allocation of funds for flood safety measures,” he said.
R.N. Sharma, engineer-in-chief of the state’s irrigation and public health department, stressed on the channelling of major rivers passing through the state which cause extensive damage during floods, adding that 231,000 hectares in the state is affected by floods.
Till date, only about 15,000 hectares have been protected from flood in the state, he said.