<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session I </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session I Thursday, October 28, 1999/Kartika 6, 1921 (Saka)

Type of Debate: MATTERS UNDER RULE-377
Title: Need for a comprehensive master plan to prevent recurring floods in Itahar, Malda and Murshidabad in West Bengal.

SHRI PRIYAN RANJAN DASMUNSI (RAIGANJ) : Sir, every year or the alternate year, floods in Murshidabad, Maida and Uttar Dinajpr districts of West have become a regular recurrence to destory the economy, life and property of the people including agricultural crop etc. No serious efforts have been made by the Union or the State Goveernment through a comprehensive plan document or Master Plan to prevent floods in Rajganj, Itahar, Kharba, Ratua, Harishchandrapur, Manikchak, Jangipur, Murshidabad Assembly constituencies of West Bengal, Chandrapara, Bhagwanpur, Matiarpur Anchals of Kharba are facing disaster. Mahananda and Sui Rivers are destoying Itahar every year.

The recenta floods have destroyed more than one lakh houses of the poor people in Itahar, Ratua, Harishchandrapur, Kharba and Raiganj. Nagor river and its erosions have started threatening the village of Raiganj and Karandighi Assembly constituencies.

I demand that thee Central Governmeent team comprising Water Resources Ministry and Planning Commission must make a detailed survey of the above reeferred areas of Uttar Dinajpur, Malda, and Murshidabad and shall conclusively incorporate in the Plan document of the current year or next financial year a comprehensive Master plan to tackle floods in Itahar, North Malda and Murshidabad. People off Itahar, Ratua, Kharba, Raiganj, Harishchandrapur require massive support for house, road, school reconstruction for the recent flood during election.