‘Floods In Bengal ‘Man-Made’ Due To DVC’s Water Release’


Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of releasing water as per its own wishes, thus causing ‘man-made’ floods in parts of Bengal. She said, DVC should not release water without consulting the State or else the government would have to look for legal recourse.

WB CM was addressing the press after an administrative review meeting for the districts in north Bengal. West Bengal is the only State to regularly conduct administrative review meetings at block level, she said. Review meetings for only four districts are pending, of which the one in Hooghly will be held in September.

The Chief Minister inaugurated several projects today and took stock of the progress of various schemes and programmes. She announced that a court of the Labour Department in Siliguri and Malda. She added that beginning 29 August, 2016, a week-long cleanliness drive will be undertaken in every block.

Accusing the Centre of discriminating against States on financial matters, the Chief Minister said that her government had created a special fund of Rs 100 Crore for the welfare of tea garden workers and set up a separate directorate for tea gardens in north Bengal. She also registered her protest against the attempts to shift Tea Board HQ outside Bengal.