It has been estimated that lives of 30,000 residents of Katpanpur Rupaibali and Singerband GPs are in danger. Singerband, a village under Singerband Gaon Panchayat under Lakhipur sub-division, is located in the southern side of Barak River, Lakhipur. There is River Bridge that connects Binnakandie Part I to its sub-divisional town. However, during the monsoons, condition of the roads worsens. Due to erosion, the connecting road is being cut-off and as such, people of surrounding villages are facing troubles. Students are unable to attend their classes properly. In addition to this, patients, pregnant women and aged persons are also suffering immensely from this grave problem. Office goers and daily wageworkers are also unable to perform their daily duties. People living in that part (Part V) are worrying about the pathetic condition and status of soil erosion. It can be easily understood that if prompt action is not taken, then the situation may get worse which in turn, will affect more families.
Owing to the mass erosion that stretches up to 1000 meters of length, more than 100 numbers of dwelling houses have already been eroded. Some of the houses are hanging and thousands of Bighas of land have been eroded which in turn, have made many families homeless and landless. It has been informed by the people that they have intimated the matter to S Viswanathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar and they are satisfied with his prompt action. The Deputy Commissioner immediately sent an engineer of Water Resources Department who, met the people and discussed the issue at length. A number of bamboos were purchased and a temporary protection has been provided to stop further landslide.
The residents of Singerband have urged upon the Prime Minister to direct the departments and authorities concerned to repair the erosion affected PWD road and provide protective measures for permanent settlement to stop further erosion of road and dwelling houses standing at Singerband Part V under Lakhipur sub-division, Cachar. A copy of the memorandum has been sent to the Union Ministers of Water Resources and River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Rural Development, Road Transports and Highways and Panchayati Raj, all headquartered at New Delhi. (Source:SentinelAssam)