Assam government’s proposal on the diversion project
A total of 59,02 sq km of wetland have been identified to where the Brahmaputra water would be diverted.
While informing about the proposed study, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says that if the plan becomes successful, it will immensely benefit Assam.
Additionally, Sarma said the Assam government is proposing to start a pilot project involving the Central Water Commission, Jal Shakti Ministry, and the Water Resources Department.
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Assam chief minister Sarma discussed the issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a special meeting of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) in Shillong. Chief minister Sarma tweets, “I thank Hon HM Sri @AmitShah for guiding us in a meeting of NESAC Society. The joint study by NESAC & @isro on diverting Brahmaputra water during monsoon to 5902 sq km of the wetland is likely to immensely benefit Assam. We are proposing a pilot for this involving CWC, Jal Shakti & WRD.”
Reasons for this planned proposal ahead of monsoon
Due to floods, every year, Assam loses many lives and huge areas of cropland are submerged by floodwaters.
Consequently, leading to plans to divert the Brahmaputra river during the monsoon to save Assam from the flood fury.
Use of space technology for weather and climate management
Additionally, Chief minister Sarma says that NESAC will guide the Assam government on the use of space technology for flood control, wetland management, agriculture development, and preservation of forest cover.
Furthermore, he tweets, “NESAC is going to be significantly critical in guiding us on use of space technology for flood control, wetland management, preservation of forest cover in the region, agriculture development, monitoring of inter-state border management, etc.”