Dignitaries take part in an awareness programme organised by the department of soil conservation, Assam on Thursday Credit: EastMojo Image

Guwahati: Stressing on the need of proper coordination of various government departments, additional director of soil conservation directorate, Assam, Jiten Malakar spoke on the importance of people’s participation to avail the benefits of government schemes.

Talking to EastMojo, on the sideline of disaster risk awareness programme, organized by the state directorate of soil conservation here on Thursday, Malakar said, “Flexibility is necessary in our working style for successful implementation of government-sponsored schemes. Joint projects in collaboration with other departments and institutions are also welcome.”

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On projects relating to flash flood and erosion in Guwahati, Malakar said, “We are drafting a project for three hills, namely Gitanagar hill, Jyoti Nagar Hill and Kahilipara in Guwahati. We are working on to control the flow of water and erosion so that issues like landslides don’t occur again,” added Jiten Malakar.

The disaster risk awareness programme was organized to create awareness on problems like flash flood and landslide-related issues among the masses.

Diganta Goswami, professor, Assam Engineering College, said that problems like flood and soil erosion are not caused but rather are man-made disaster.

“There are 366 sites in and around Guwahati which are prone to landslides. This is nothing but man-made disaster,” Prof Goswami said.

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