In the second lap of tour to flood hit villages of Namsai district, the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Sunday visited and inspected Mahadevpur I, Mahadevpur IV and New Silatho villages and took stock of the measures that the district administration have put in to ease the sufferings of the flood affected people. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner R.K.Sharma, EAC Mahadevpur H.N.Dubey, WRD Tezu Executive Engineer C.J.Mannou and PRI leaders.
Deputy Chief Minister Mein accompanied by host of officers inspected the breached embankment of the Noa-Dihing River that had taken a new course through low lying areas of Lower Silatoo, Nongkhong and Mahadevpur areas crossing National Highway 52 to rejoin its original course near Mahaloni village which displaced nearly 36 families.
Mein directed the Water Resources Department and district administration to repair the breach on a war footing and take steps to redress the erosion. He asked the district administration to prepare DPR immediately for undertaking the repair work on the dykes.
Dy CM informed that long portion of bank has been washed away as Noa-Dihing River has changed its course which deluges many villages in his areas and could be a threat to Namsai area. Strategies have to be worked out on ways to divert the water flow back to the original course besides carrying out the repair work, he added.
While briefing the Dy CM, EE WRD Tezu C.J.Mannou informed that the cost effective proposals and options by the WRD department on sheet pilling and or embankment with boulder pitching work along the Noa-Dihing River will be very soon submitted to government. PowerPoint in this regard by the department will also be presented to Chief Secretary very soon, he added.
“Vulnerable points in Lekang circle already earmarked by the department and soon the flood related schemes will be submitted to the government on priority basis,” Mannou said.
Later the Dy CM also visited the area where the river Dihing has completely changed its course and eroded large portion of lands to enter the Mahadevepur Township affecting many numbers of villages in that area.
He also visited a relief camp set up at Kakoni Middle School at New Silatoo village and interacted with camp inmates.
Dy CM Mein asked the administration to help the affected people generously with adequate relief materials and instructed to provide immediate compensation to affected people who have land in other places, so that they can construct their new home at the earliest.