Delay In Flood Management Funds: Rajib Banerjee

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Kolkata: The Bengal government on Monday has strongly raised the issue of the delay by the Centre in clearing around Rs 325 crore that the state government has invested to carry out various works.

The state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee has also demanded “unified control” over release of water from Tenughat Reservoir in Jharkhand to check flood in the Damodar basin, that causes heavy damage to South Bengal districts in Bengal almost every year during monsoon.

He further said: “We have also placed the demand for unified control over the release of water from Tenughat Reservoir. It has been discussed in the meeting.”

The issues related to Ghatal Master Plan, which was submitted in 2013, has also been raised as flood will be a matter of the past for the people of Midnapore, once it is executed. Though the Centre gave administrative sanction in 2015, it is yet to release the required money for the project.

The major issue of erosion in the banks of Ganga, Padma and Bhagirathi, that led to loss of property worth a few crores in the past few years, with an outpost of the Border Security Force (BSF) being washed away at Narukhagi Arjunpur area in Murshidabad, was also a crucial point of discussion.

The state government demanded immediate steps to check the erosion, which is vulnerable in 37 spots and a 29 km river stretch. A demand of Rs 1,000 crore for the project has also been placed.

In this connection, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said: “Three to four issues of the Bengal government, which are related to the Finance Ministry, have come up during the discussion. We have noted it very seriously and will take necessary steps to help the state get the money as per the present policy. There is no such issue that we are not giving money to a state.”

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