El­gin-Charsadi em­bank­ment to be re­con­structed

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - ▪ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: The ir­ri­ga­tion and wa­ter re­sources depart­ment has de­cided to reconstruct and re­design the El­gin-Charsadi em­bank­ment in or­der to pro­tect it from re­cur­rent ero­sion.

Sev­enty vil­lages in Gonda district were flooded af­ter ero­sion in the 52-kilo­me­tre-long em­bank­ment on Au­gust 8 last year. The em­bank­ment runs along the Ghaghra river on the border of Bara­banki and Gonda dis­tricts.

Min­is­ter of state for flood con­trol (in­de­pen­dent charge) Swati Singh on Tues­day said there was a tech­ni­cal flaw in the de­sign of the em­bank­ment which eroded four times lead­ing to a large-scale loss of life and prop­erty in the past.

Af­ter last year’s ero­sion, the vil­lagers had de­manded de­mo­li­tion of the em­bank­ment.

Af­ter the state govern­ment or­dered an in­quiry into the ero­sion, the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee con­sti­tuted by the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment in sub­mit­ted a re­port had stated that there was flaw in the de­sign of the em­bank­ment. The govern­ment will spend Rs 97.35 crore on the re­con­struc­tion work.

The ten­der has been floated and the con­struc­tion work on the El­gin- Charsadi em­bank­ment will start from Novem­ber 15.

The state govern­ment has also re­leased funds for re­pair of the Ashogawa- Nagwa em­bank­ment in Sid­dharth­na­gar district and the Chapra-Ten­grahi em­bank­ment in Bal­lia district.

Singh said the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment had or­dered in­quiry into 189 flood con­trol projects. Ac­tion was taken against er­rant chief en­gi­neers, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neers and su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neers. This year 20 em­bank­ments were dam­aged in Ma­hara­j­ganj, Go­rakh­pur, Sid­dharth­na­gar, Deo­ria and Gonda dis­tricts af­ter heavy rain­fall in the area.

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