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Farakka Barrage row: Mamata writes to Manmohan

State power minister Manish Gupta on Thursday submitted his report about Farakka Barrage to the chief minister Mamata Banerjee holding the barrage authorities responsible for “exodus” of huge quantity of water to Bangladesh through the breached lock-gates.

State power minister Manish Gupta on Thursday submitted his report about Farakka Barrage to the chief minister Mamata Banerjee holding the barrage authorities responsible for “exodus” of huge quantity of water to Bangladesh through the breached lock-gates.

Gupta,who inspected Farakka barrage on Wednesday at the instruction of Banerjee,told The Indian Express that the barrage authorities did not attend on the main door of the barrage that broke down almost eight months back.

“The main door weighing 42 tonnes broke down eight months back,but they have not attended the heart of the barrage. They should have done this much earlier. There is heavy rush of water through the main door,” the power minister said.

“Work should have been done on a war-footing. But it was not done. I held the Farakka Barrage authorities responsible for the incident,” he added.

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It may be mentioned that Chief Minister,Mamata Banerjee,has written to the Prime Minister informing him that breaking down of lock gates led to huge exodus of water to Bangladesh and if it continued,serious crisis of water for irrigation could emerge in the future. She expressed her concern over delay in repair of the barrage and even suspected that there might be sabotage behind the whole matter.

Sources at Writers’ Buildings said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has also acknowledge the concern expressed by the chief minister.

According to state government officials,breaking down of the lock gates led to exodus of more than 82,801 cusec of water to Bangladesh till Wednesday.

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The water level dropped of the barrage has dropped alarmingly. If exodus of water continues,north Bengal districts will face a crisis of water for irrigation.

Meanwhile,river expert,Kalyan Rudra,who has been asked by Banerjee to prepare a detailed report on how much water of Teesta could the state government be afford to give to Bangladesh,held a meeting with the chief secretary Samar Ghosh and discussed the Farakka issue with him.

Because of break down of the lock-gates huge amount of water is passing through. The water level of the barrage,which should have been 21.9 meters,has dropped below 20 meters.

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This is alarming,he said. Because of falling water level,problem of erosion of the river bank may take place.

The barrage has a total 109 gates and some of which are in bad condition. Till the gates are repaired,the exodus of water should be stopped immediately by an artificial way,he commented.

First published on: 17-05-2012 at 04:35 IST
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