Makeshift embankment being built for eroding Kosi River
Patna, July 7 (ANI): The work is in progress on the eroded embankment of the river Kosi in Madhubani district of Bihar.
The half-a-kilometre erosion has taken place even before monsoon showers have touched the river.
In a bid to control the annual fury of Kosi River, early steps are being taken to build a makeshift embankment using sandbags and bamboo fence to stop the current of water from breaching the embankment further.
"We will be able to save the embankment. We have enough workforce to work on it and we are doing our best, working round the clock to save the embankment," said Jawahar Kumar kishori, Junior Engineer.
However, it remains unanswered whether the makeshift embankment will be effective enough to stop the flow of water as labourers were seen filling the bags with the eroded sediment and soil from the river banks.
But a contractor working at the site denied this.
"Where are we using the same eroded soil of the river? We are fetching it 8 kilometres away from here," said Virendra Kumar Keshri, contractor.
The work on the embankment is progressing fast but quality is being overlooked.
Bihar was badly hit by floods due to a breach in the Kosi embankment near India-Nepal border in 2008, affecting over 2.3 million people in the northern part of the state.
The river changed its course and inundated hundreds of villages in north Bihar districts of Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Purnea, which hadn't experienced floods in many decades.
Kosi River flows north to south, from Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet to join the Ganges in Bihar. (ANI)