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Assam's expert committee to study China's Yellow River Management Strategies

Assam's expert committee to study China's Yellow River Management Strategies

| | 17 Jun 2016, 07:47 pm
Guwahati, Jun 17 (IBNS): To control the Assam's flood and erosion problem, the state government has decided to constitute an expert committee, that will be sent to China, to study the Yellow River (Huwang He) Management Strategies to replicate the same in Assam for taming River Brahmaputra and use it as a deterrent for flood and erosion.
Chairing a high level review meeting of Water Resource Department in the conference room of his office on Friday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that if the Yellow River which was once considered as ‘sorrow of China’ can be tamed, the Brahmaputra which is the lifeline of the people of Assam, can also used productively to serve the riparian rights.
Sonowal said that the ‘knowledge-driven’ study in association with the World Bank would also prepare a roadmap for taming the Brahmaputra and its tributaries to control flood and erosion.
The study will encompass basin characteristics, river engineering, hydrology, channel morphology, floodplain evolution within its ambit  and submit its report.
“Water is source of all energies and the Brahmaputra which has gifted Assam with abundance of water, the Government will use this vast resource to propel State’s development,” the Assam CM said.
Emphasising on the need of a well-coordinated document for the rivers in Assam, the Assam CM  directed the Department to do the needful for preparing a ‘River Atlas’ and asked the department to use the expertise of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre for preparing the same.
Considering the importance of rivers of Assam on its people, culture and economy, Sonowal exhorted on the need of transforming Assam Water Resources Management Institute into an Institute of Excellence and undertake extensive studies towards rivers for their optimum gainful utilisation.
Sonowal also asked the Department to work on an early flood warning system in line with the system put in place for Tsunami early warning system.
Sonowal also reviewed several on-going schemes of the Department particularly erosion protection works being undertaken in Majuli and other parts of the State and assured all help from his government for their early completion.
State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Chief Secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources R.T. Jindal, Principal Secretary, Water Resources Hemanta Narzary, Commissioner and Secretary Dr. K.K. Dwivedi along with a host of top officers were present at the meeting.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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