Sushil questions Nitish's demand for decommissioning Farakka barrage

21 Feb 2017

Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi today questioned Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's demand for decommissioning of the Farakka barrage.
Nitish had on Monday demanded that the Centre decommission the Farakka barrage located in West Bengal as it has no utility and was a major reason for floods in Bihar due to deposit of silts every year. "First of all, Farakka dam is guided by an International agreement between India and Bangladesh. This is not an issue of any one particular state. The matter relates to two countries," the senior BJP leader told newspersons, here.
The former cabinet colleague of Nitish said the flood affected area was 25 lakh hectares in Bihar in 1954 when the length of all embankments in the state was 160 km, but the flood affected area increased to 72.95 lakh hectares in 2016 with the construction of 3731 km of embankments." "Will the state government consider or recommend to remove all embankments built in the state to deal with the issue of floods as it shows that embankments have not been able to protect from floods," said Sushil, a former Bihar deputy chief minister.
On the Bihar chief minister's protest on proposed reservoir at Buxar and in Uttar Pradesh enroute Allahabad-Haldia waterways, he said it has been already been made clear that no barrage would be constructed on Ganga for National Waterways 1. "The World Bank's Engineering consultant in its feasibility report has completely ruled out any barrages on National Waterway 1 stretch (Varanasi to Haldia)", he said showing official papers of Inland Waterways Authority of India in this regard.