STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 16 July
In order to assure proper flood protection measures ahead of the fifth phase of the rural polls, the North Bengal Flood Control Commission (NBFCC) chairman Mr Gangadhar De today requested the officials associated with the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) to report on the Teesta river to the Jalpaiguri district magistrate on a regular basis.
The decision was taken today at the flood-preparation meeting convened by the NBFCC chairman.
The state irrigation minister Mr Rajib Banerjee constituted a body comprising the officials from the CWC (Central Water Commission), NHPC, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), NBFCC and TBP (Tessta Barrage Project).
The meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Mr Gangadhar De to maintain coordination and information-exchange for immediate flood preventive measures.
The members of the newly constituted Task Force for North Bengal held flood preparation meeting for three districts, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Siliguri sub-divisions.
Task Force for North Bengal was constituted comprising chief engineer from TBP, two superintending engineers from NBFCC and two from TBP.
The NBFCC chairman, Mr Gangadhar De said the irrigation officials have already floated tenders for nearly 100 schemes to start restoring damaged parts of embankments and anti-erosion work for bank
protection.
Notably, continuous rains till 11 July damaged existing flood protection and anti-erosion structures in this region, mainly Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar.
According to NBFCC, the region is now receiving normal rains because of the prevailing dry spell.
Mr De expects that this dry spell will continue at least for two weeks.