Tura, Nov 27: The erosion at Brahmaputra basin is a major problem in Garo hills. While the yearly floods have become a part of life of the residents and they have adapted to this, the issue of soil erosion is a more serious concern.
Some of the ways to cope with the regular inundation is raised hand pumps and houses on stilts among other measures, but there hasn’t been much to deal with the erosion.
With an aim to get first-hand ground information and find a solution, Meghalaya water resources minister, Brolding Nongsiej recently visited the existing projects and the eroded areas in Quajani village caused by Brahmaputra river in Rajabala.
Accompanied by local MLA Dr. Azad Zaman along with CE, SE, EE, SDO, and all the water resource officials, the Minister assured that he will take up the erosion matter with Brahmaputra Board.
The State Government is preparing a roadmap to protect its land as it envisions to develop the Garo hills belt.
Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma recently reviewed projects under the Water Resources Department under anti-erosion and flood protection work.
Out of the projects, 720 minor irrigation projects have been found completed and these projects have created irrigational potential in 54701.66 hectares of land.
Another 69 projects were completed under anti-erosion and flood protection works.