Erosion threatens three villages in Ratua 1 block

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
24 Aug 2018

Erosion scare is back to three villages under Ratua I block of the district. The local habitants are spending sleepless nights apprehending that the Ganga would swallow their immovable properties anytime. Although the block administration has kept the flood-centre ready to accommodate the flood victims, the villagers are still at their houses busy struggling to save their cattle and other valuables.
It has been learnt from sources that Janjalitola, Nayatola and Naya Bilaimari villages under Bilaimari gram panchayet are shivering under erosion-scare. Erosion up to a stretch of 2.5 km under Bilaimari GP has reportedly taken an alarming turn already.
Kutubuddin sheikh, Najrul Hoque and others, most of whom are migrant labourers said that they had come back to villages to participate in Eid-ul-azha. “We are supposed to return to work. But situation is so alarming that we cannot leave family members alone here. On one hand, we are losing our daily wages and on the other, we are fighting against impending erosion,” Sheikh said.
Lutfar Rahaman, head of Bilaimari gram panchayet said that the erosion was gradually being alarming. “We have drawn attention of block administrations already towards the situation,” Rahaman said.
Arjun Pal, block development officer also conceded the gravity of situation. “Understanding the urgency we have already opened the flood-centres. But most of the habitants from erosion-prone villages are trying to save their resources from erosion with all their might. Hence, they have not yet come to flood-centre in large numbers yet,” Pal said.
District irrigation department officials have blamed the central government for not having taken initiatives to start work for preventing erosion in right time. “It is too late now. But still we are keeping vigils on the situation. Higher authorities have also been informed in this regard,” said Pranab Samanta, executive engineer of the district irrigation department.