November 21, 2019
Didi trains guns on Centre over zero dredging at Farakka Barrage
Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on November 20 blamed the Centre for not carrying out dredging in Farakka Barrage for several years, despite repeated pleas from the state government. She was addressing an administrative meeting in Murshidabad’s Berhampore.
Mamata Banerjee pointed out that navigability of the barrage has been badly affected due to lack of dredging and added that adjoining areas often get flooded during heavy rain, as the barrage loses the capacity to hold water.
Senior state government officials who were present at the meeting told the Chief Minister that during a meeting in 2005, barrage authorities had said that they would conduct dredging from time to time. But unfortunately, dredging has not been done even once till now.