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20 families rendered homeless in Panchgram

SILCHAR, Aug 23: At least four villages near Panchgram were under serious threat as incessant rainfall for the last few days had accelerated erosion of the Barak river. According to sources, altogether 20 families were rendered homeless. Of late, erosion stretched to a range of 5 km, touching villages like Kalarpar, Das Colony, Katakhal and Tukargram. Satyendra Singha, Biswas Singha and Birendra Singha of Kalarpur, discovered cracks in their RCC building as erosion hit the entire area. The local residents said the problem of erosion has continued for the last one decade. The river banks are prone to erosion because of the meandering of the Barak river flowing through the alluvial plains. Already, 500 families were rendered homeless and relocated to other places. Further, if anti-erosion steps are not taken at the earliest, NH 53 connecting Cachar district would soon be washed away, sources said. Chief Engineer of State Water Resources Department NC Das and MLA Rahul Roy inspected the sites of erosion yesterday. They later informed that a project costing Rs 7.5 crore had already been sanctioned by the Central Water Commission for the construction of dykes to resist erosion. Roy confirmed that the work will commence from January 2010. Meanwhile, prior to the last general election, the Government officials claimed an amount of Rs 7 crore had been sanctioned for embankment work at Tukargram. However, no work have been done so far in this regard. (Source - Sentinel Assam)

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