Guwahati: The Centre would take up the Assam flood issue with the government of Bhutan to find out permanent solutions to the perennial problem.
Announcing this, Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat also stressed on the need to adopt latest technologies in flood management and assured all help from his ministry in finding lasting solutions to the problems of flood and erosion in the state.
Sekhawat was responding to the request made by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to Central government to look into the matter of floodwaters from Bhutan inundating a large area in lower Assam every year.
Meanwhile, for effectively manage the relief and rehabilitation works relating to Assam flood, the Centre has assured the Assam government to release an amount of Rs 346 crore as the first installment under Flood Management Programme (FMP).
Sekhawat held a video conference with chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the flood situation in the state.
The chief minister apprised Sekhawat about the scale of devastation caused by the current wave of flood along with erosion in the state and various steps taken by the state government to manage the situation.
The Union minister said that the assured amount would be released from his ministry to Assam government immediately.
He also urged the chief minister to send more proposals for sanctioning under Disaster Risk Management Fund which would enable the state government to receive more funds from Central government for flood and erosion.
The chief minister also appealed the Union minister to allocate funds to the state government to strengthen 5,000-km of embankments built since 1951 in the state, which would now be turned into road-cum-embankments. The Union jal shakti minister urged the chief minister to send a letter stating the same and his ministry would incorporate those proposals in the next year’s plan.