Bihar govt prepares action plan to check flood menace: Nitish

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Patna, Nov 15 (UNI) The Bihar government has prepared an ambitious action plan worth Rs 11,500 crore to check the perennial flood menace in north cin areas of the state, including deepening and interlinking of rivers in the area.

Addressing a function organised in Madhubani for payment of compensation to flood victims, Mr Kumar said flood fury plays havoc in north Bihar every year and property worth Rs hundreds of crore were damaged besides loss of human lives.

''Mere focussing on flood fighting measures would not bring any lasting relief to the masses in the area unless an effective and permanent solution was found in broader prospective with huge investment to implement the recommendations of technical experts of this field'', he added.

''The plan chalked out to check the flood menace would accord priority to deepening and interlinking of rivers besides raising their embankments'', Mr Kumar informed.

He said a high dam should be constructed in Nepal which would arrest the floods every year and most of the rivers playing havoc in the area, originate from there. A serious dialogue should be initiated By the Centre with Nepal, he added.

Mr Kumar said a separate proposal involving an estimated investment of Rs 4200 crores had been sent to the Centre for its approval to reconstruct the damaged roads, buildings and bridges in flood affected area.

UNI

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