Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday demanded that the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) be immediately reformed by the Centre. She said every year Bengal suffers when it rains in Jharkhand.
“The work of dredging in Ganga is pending for several years now. Dredging has not been done in Kolkata, or in Haldia,” the CM said.
There are several barrages under DVC which should have been cleaned and dredged. They are filled with silt. Had that been done, the water storage capacity would have increased by 2 lakh cusecs,” she added.
The Chief Minister also said, “Since 2012, we have raised the issue of water-release by DVC. But no action has been taken. Even today they have released an additional 1 lakh cusec of water. Three districts – Howrah, Hooghly and Paschim Medinipur – face a flood-like situation as a result.”