Rajya Sabha

June 27, 2019

Manas Bhunia speaks on the implementation of Ghatal Master Plan

Manas Bhunia speaks on the implementation of Ghatal Master Plan


Thank you, Hon’ble Chairman Sir. Today, I will take the opportunity to place my appeal, through you, to the government’s Jal Shakti Department and to the entire government.

In our State, in the district of Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur, lakhs of people have been suffering recurrently due to devastating floods. As a result, the State Government came up with an important proposal to implement the ‘Ghatal Master Plan’ with the help of the Union Government. The plan was submitted to the concerned department, it was examined by the technical committee and the Ministry of Finance. It was given sanction two and a half years back.

Sir, unfortunately not a single paise has been given by the Central Government till date. As a result, the people of Paschim and Purba Medinipur – near about 20 blocks, lakhs of people – are suffering every year. Sir, I hope that you have also seen in the news media that our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee communicated to the Central Government, our concerned irrigation Minister communicated to the Central Government, they came as well for regular discussions with appeal. But unfortunately in the FNP programme, since the middle of the 12th Plan till date, this project did not get a single paise. 

I shall urge upon, through you, the Central Government, kindly look into this matter to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of West Bengal  and give the funding which is really due from the Central Government to complete this project, so that people get relief from the suffering due to the devastating floods.