Assam to construct raised platforms, houses as flood shelters

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Raised platforms and buildings to come up in Majuli, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Gohpur and Barak Valley on pilot basis

Sonowal directed the department to ensure the release of Rs 3,800 to each to the flood-affected families through the newly started scheme in the current year. The revenue department informed that 32,842 land pattas had been prepared for distribution among the landless indigenous families in the state

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 13: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday directed the revenue and disaster management department to construct high rise platforms and buildings in flood-affected areas so that people could take shelter during floods. Reviewing the functioning of the department at his conference room at Janata Bhawan, the chief minister instructed to ensure that the buildings should be used for public utility during the dry season. Majuli, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Gohpur and Barak valley were decided as locations in the meeting for construction of raised platforms and buildings on pilot basis. Assessment of damages caused by floods, relief and rehabilitation measures were also discussed in the meeting and the revenue department apprised the chief minister about various steps being taken in the aftermath of damages caused by flood at various places.

Sonowal directed the department to ensure the release of Rs 3,800 to each to the flood-affected families through the newly started scheme in the current year. The revenue department informed that 32,842 land pattas had been prepared for distribution among the landless indigenous families in the state and Sonowal directed for taking steps for distribution of these pattas. Notably, the state government has set the target of providing land pattas to 1 lakh landless families of the state within this year. In the meeting, the issue of flood damaged embankments’ repair also came for discussion and officials of the water resource department informed the chief minister that these embankments would be repaired by December 31.

Minister of state for revenue and disaster management, Bhabesh Kalita, additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management) Kumar Sanjay Krishna, principal secretary to the chief minister Sanjay Lohia were present in the meeting along with top officials of concerned departments.

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