[Assam] From Assam Tribune/ Innovative Thinking?
cmahanta at charter.net
Wed Sep 17 20:00:39 IST 2008
What do netters think? Is it innovative thinking as the Assam
Tribune characterizes it? Will it "---reduce the flood level in the
main river sufficiently" ? Does it sound like a comment from even a
remotely informed person or yet another fool's rants? Or could AT's
comment reflect utter clueless-ness and demonstration of abject
Express yourselves folks! Silence is not golden. Silence of the able
is an abdication of citizenship responsibilities and leads to the
blunders upon blunders that our people have endured for generations.
Governor Mathur for diverting Brahmaputra water
NEW DELHI, Sept 16 - In what could be described as innovative
thinking, Governor of Assam, Shiv Charan Mathur today mooted an idea
to create a mega national grid for diverting the water of mighty
Brahmaputra River through pipeline to water deficient States. The
Governor's proposal can be seen as an extension of the river-linking
project, was unveiled at the two-day Conference of Governors' hosted
by President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, here today.
The Governor, who spoke at length on the flood problem of Assam, has
reasoned that if crude oil could be brought from countries like Iran
and Afghanistan covering a distance of 5000 Km. Why can't water of
Brahmaputra River be profitably used by water deficient States like
Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Delhi and Rajasthan.
A national grid for supply of water would be constructed at
appropriate location in the mighty Brahmaputra and the same could be
sent through pipeline to the water scarce States in the country, he
All through its course adequate number of boosting stations could be
put to reach the water to the States.
This is going to reduce the flood level in the main river
sufficiently. "To have a permanent solution to the flood problem we
need to regulate the flow of water into the main river from its
tributaries like constructing reservoirs in the upper reaches," he
The river system of Assam has to develop in an integrated and
comprehensive way for utilising the vast water resources available.
This is a mega national project, which could be planned and initiated
only by Government of India by making adequate financial provisions.
A mechanism is therefore, required which would pay back the
investments made and survive on its own and also generate adequate
revenue, while giving additional benefits of introducing a
nationalist and socio-economic fabric of the region by generating
considerable jobs and various opportunities, in turn may solve the
prevailing unrest in North Eastern Region, he suggested.
Calling for support, the Governor said the mega national project is
the need of the hour and should be undertaken by Government of India,
if need be by inviting foreign consultants in the field.
Referring to another aspect of the economy, the Governor said there
were efforts underway to hold a seminar in December on the
hydrocarbon potential and the key aspects of exploring oil on a large
scale in Assam.
Efforts are also underway to provide employment to the urban educated
youths by opening new industries, starting new universities and by
enhancing the intake capacity of existing institutions.
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