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Riverbed erosion: State yet to get flood and erosion study
Riverbed erosion: State yet to get flood and erosion study

Agartala, September 16(TIWN): With embankments along most major rivers of the state old and feeble, the state is yet to get a proper flood, erosion and socio-economic study of the rivers done, official sources said.

The danger might seem to have passed with the autumn and winter ahead but we need to have the study conducted right away, the source said.

Mst embankments alongside major rivers of the state including River Howrah and River Gomati were said to have become old and feeble in a report of the state disaster management authority. The disaster management authority urged to strengthen the embankments relocate nearby habitations with proper relocation initiatives.

No action followed till date.

A joint team of water resource, panchayat, rural development and revenue officials visited few of the major riversides of the state in the meanwhile. More visits are expected to come up soon.

Experts said that rivers like Howrah and Gomati were reported to have dramatically reduced riverbed levels due to which possibilities of flash floods during the monsoon have increased in the past few years.

“In Tripura, there are the problems of spilling and erosion by rivers”, a recent report of Planning Commission said.

The revenue department sought a toposheet from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) for geochemical mapping and water resource tracking. The issue would be soon reiterated with the GSI authorities, the source said.

Tripura is currently having two operational flood forecasting stations.

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