Guwahati: Assam water minister Piyush Hazarika on Thursday visited several places in Cachar district on the second day of his Barak valley visit. Hazarika first inspected the repair work of the dam in Badrighat area of Barak river and then visited Betukandi area.
A sluice gate is already being constructed in the area and about 700 meters of dam is being raised and reconstructed. Hazarika directed the district magistrate to work expeditiously to resolve the land acquisition problems encountered in the construction of dams. He also visited Annapurnaghat area and inspected the ongoing erosion prevention works there.
Later Hazarika visited Manikpur area and inspected the flood-affected areas. Mentionable is that a project for reconstruction of dams in Manikpur is already underway but some problems in land acquisition hampered the progress of works. He directed the local authority to work actively to resolve the land issue.
At the same time, Hazarika directed the water resources department to do some urgent work to relieve the area from floods during the monsoon season. He also visited Mahadevpur on Indo-Bangla border areas to inspect the sluice gate on Boleswar river. During his visit last year, the minister found that six sluice gates constructed under several departments were not functioning. He directed the concerned engineers to repair the sluice gates urgently.
In presence of Parliamentarian Rajdeep Roy, legislator Dipyayan Chakraborty, district magistrate Rohan Kumar Jha with other officers, Hazarika asked the executive engineer to personally inspect these sluice gates once a week for the next four months and submit a weekly report to him to ensure that those remain operational during the rainy days.