Majuli protect: Planning Commission clears Rs 116 crore

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Assam
Guhawati, Feb 2: The Ministry of Water Resources and the Brahmaputra Board have been directed by the Planning Commission to carry out protection and maintenance work for the Majuli island and its 22 satras.

The project is intended at protecting Majuli island and its satras from flood and erosion.

"Maintenance work should be carried out by the ministry of water resources, the Brahmaputra Board and the concerned department before and after each monsoon season and even during execution of works," a government spokesman said.

"The project aims at protecting 22 satras besides public and private properties. Reconstruction of roads and bridges usually destroyed during floods also falls under the project, which is mainly aimed at economic development and social uplift," the spokesman added.

After the state government's request, the central water commission had given the techno-economical clearance, which is the seat of the Vaishnavite religion for the protection of river island and the entire project was designed to be executed in three phases.

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