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Work begins to plug Kosi breach, may cost Rs 700 cr

The Kosi breach-plugging project got underway on Monday, with 72 engineers from the state supervising the plugging of the 1.7-km breach at Kushaha in Sunsari district of Nepal.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
November 12, 2008 11:58:22 pm

The Kosi breach-plugging project got underway on Monday, with 72 engineers from the state supervising the plugging of the 1.7-km breach at Kushaha in Sunsari district of Nepal. The river had burst its embankment on August 18 this year, flooding five Bihar districts.

“Vashistha Private Limited of Hyderabad signed a contract with us on November 3 and has started collection of materials at the breach site since Monday,” Bihar Water Resources Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav told The Indian Express. The company has been awarded a Rs 72-crore contract for plugging the breach, to be completed by March 31. The minister said the initial cumulative expenses for plugging the breach, repairing three spurs and digging pilot channels would come upto Rs 250 crore. “Long-term project cost including repair of all 60 spurs, strengthening banks on both sides and the ongoing plugging is estimated at around Rs 700 crore,” he added.

The state Cabinet has already allocated Rs 197.50 crore for the ongoing repairs. The Centre, which is to bear the entire expenditure, has advanced Rs 40 crore to the state government.

The Water Resources Minister said: “Our best men, right from chief to assistant engineers, have been at work to get the project done as per the design provided the Kosi Breach Closure Advisory Team headed by N Sanyal.” He said water flow from the breach can be controlled by December-end, thereby paving way for it to recede into the Ganga at Kursaila at Katihar.

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