STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 7 July
With the rise in the water level in the Ganga, erosion has started at different areas in Manikchak for the past few days. Commencement of erosion has generated apprehension among the villagers. It has been learnt that formidable erosion started at Dharampur area in the Manikchak block from early this morning. The Farakka Barrage Authorities were busy in anti-erosion work in the area.
The inhabitants of Dharampur village ~ Naimuddin, Liakat Sheikh, Mortuj Ali and others ~ said they were reeling under fear of erosion with the onset of the monsoon. They informed that boulders used for the anti-erosion work have started to fall off from early this morning as a result of erosion. Erosion is occurring at a 1.5 km stretch of area. They alleged the administration had not taken adequate steps to solve the age-old problem of erosion.
The executive engineer of the irrigation department, Mr Amaresh Singh, said they had received information about erosion at Dharampur village. “However, there is no reason to panic. The water level in the Ganga is now at 69.90 metre, at least 2 meters below the danger level,” Mr Singh said.
He added that the anti-erosion work in that area was being done by the Farakka Barrage authorities.